Thursday evening tidbits: Rotation re-jiggered
* Kyle Lohse has dropped his appeal, and he begins serving his suspension. He’d be eligible to start again on Tuesday, but instead he will not pitch until Thursday. The rotation for the next week or so: Thompson on Friday, Wainwright Saturday, Pineiro Sunday, Looper Tuesday, Wellemeyer Wednesday, Lohse next Thursday (9/18), Wainwright 9/19, Pineiro 9/20, Looper 9/21. That gets it through Chicago.
* Still waiting on some news on Carpenter. Sounds like they may have an announcement of some kind before the night is out.
* Molina is out, and it sounds like they’re looking at at least another day or two.
* Rasmus is a no-go, per Mozeliak. His comment: “He has not been cleared to play at the level that we would need him to. He had his exit physical the other day, and it is encouraging. We’re still hoping that he can play winter ball. But to put him through the rigors of the Major Leagues I just don’t think would be prudent at this time.”
Here’s the thing I think people need to remember: Rasmus hasn’t played ball at a level above Class A since July 22. It would really be asking a lot for him to jump from that to the big leagues, especially given his history of slow starts at every level.
David Freese, IMO, is another matter; I think he could really help this team and I’d like to see him here.