Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

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Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night.
Tony La Russa told B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com that Lohse did enough “good things” in his last outing to make him a better option than Blake Hawksworth or Jeff Suppan, which perhaps says more about them than it does about Lohse. “He’s improved,” La Russa said. “His stuff is good, you can tell he’s feeling better about it, but he’s just a little inconsistent with his location. He had to earn the start.”
Another aspect of the decision-making regarding Lohse is that the Cardinals still owe him $11.875 million in both 2011 and 2012, so dumping him now could impact more than a few September starts.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.