Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse demoted to the pen


Adam McCalvy of reports that Brewers starter Kyle Lohse is now Brewers’ reliever Kyle Lohse:

We’ve seen this coming for a good while. Lohse is 5-13 with a 6.31 ERA in the final year of his $33 million deal. Time to see what someone else, who may actually be around next year, has to offer.

Kyle Lohse in danger of losing his spot in the Brewers’ rotation

Kyle Lohse

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse struggled again on Sunday against the Cubs, yielding four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Cubs scored once each in four of his five innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking one and striking out three in the loss.

Lohse leads the majors with 13 losses while sporting an awful 6.31 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and an 86/30 K/BB ratio in 124 innings. As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, manager Craig Counsell says Lohse’s rotation spot will be discussed. Haudricourt suggests it may have been Lohse’s last start for the Brewers.

Lohse, 36, put together four solid seasons in a row between 2011-14, split between the Cardinals and Brewers. Though he’s posting similar strikeout and walk rates as in similar years, batters are making much better contact with his pitches, as he’s allowed a .311 BABIP along with 24 home runs. If Lohse is allowed to continue pitching, he will likely surpass his career-high in home runs allowed in a season at 28.

Mets, Dodgers not having “active discussions” about Jon Niese trade

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 17: Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets makes his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of the MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 17, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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It was reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams with interest in a trade for Mets left-hander Jon Niese. While the southpaw is a logical target for both teams, a match with the Dodgers isn’t considered imminent:

Nothing too surprising here, as teams are likely still in the early stages of evaluating the starting pitcher market. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir are among the big names that could be dealt, so Niese falls into the secondary category with the likes of Mike Leake, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren. With questions in the back-end of their rotation, the Dodgers will be active.

Niese has posted a 4.12 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings across 14 starts this season. The Mets have gone back to a six-man rotation to make room for prospect Steven Matz, but a trade involving Niese could change that dynamic. The 28-year-old is making a $7 million salary this season and $9 million in 2016. His contract includes a $10 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2017 and an $11 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2018.

The Tigers are on the prowl for starting pitching

Shane Greene

After demoting struggling starter Shane Greene to Triple-A Toledo on Friday afternoon, the Tigers are reportedly having trade conversations involving starting pitchers, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

Greene, 26, started the season off on fire, allowing only two runs in 23 innings. He quickly went off the rails, though, posting an 8.60 ERA over his next 10 starts.

It’s not known which pitchers interest the Tigers the most. Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels, and Scott Kazmir are three elite pitchers that could be made available at the right price. Lower-tier pitchers who may be available include Aaron Harang, Mike Leake, and Kyle Lohse, among others.

Stephen Strasburg tests trapezius strain with 30-pitch bullpen session

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 29:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg landed on the disabled list last weekend with a left trapezius strain, but he’s already back on the mound.

According to Chase Hughes of, Strasburg threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that he felt good, but the Nationals will see how he responds tomorrow before deciding on the next step.

The Nationals will have to hope that the time off will prove beneficial. Strasburg hasn’t looked anything like himself this season, posting a 6.55 ERA with a 45/14 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings over 10 starts. Only Kyle Lohse and Ian Kennedy have a higher ERA among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched.