Kyle Lohse leaves Cardinals to have “finger issue” examined

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Another day, another injury for the Cardinals.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Kyle Lohse has left the team and is returning to St. Louis to have doctors examine what manager Tony La Russa called “a finger issue.”

No one was able to provide much in the way of details beyond that, although Goold did find out that the “finger issue” is not a blister and for now at least Lohse remains the Cardinals’ scheduled starter for Sunday’s game against the Pirates.

Lohse has lost three straight starts and allowed 13 baserunners in 5.1 innings while managing just one strikeout in his last start against the Mets on Tuesday.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.