Lohse officially scratched
Tony La Russa confirmed after Wednesday’s game that Kyle Lohse will not, in fact, start Friday’s game in San Francisco.
The exact plans remain somewhat uncertain, but as of now, the tentative plan is to start Joel Pineiro on Friday, Chris Carpenter on Saturday and Adam Wainwright on Sunday. They’ll all be starting on their normal four days’ rest.
Lohse, of course, has soreness and a welt on his right forearm after being hit by a pitch in his last start. The Cardinals had very much hoped to use Thursday’s off day as an opportunity to give all of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest. Instead, they’ll use it to protect Lohse.
“We’re not going to pitch Lohse, that’s for sure,” La Russa said. “We’ll probably wait till tomorrow and see how Wainwright comes on his second day, but the first two guys [Pineiro and Carpenter] say they’re ready to go on their day. So that’s probably the play we’re going to make, but it can be changed and we can use Thompson.”