Friday tidbits: Lohse, Pujols, DeRosa
Greetings from Cincinnati, where it’s a cloudy but very nice night, mild with a little breeze. If it clears up at all, should be a great night for fireworks.
* Kyle Lohse said that his first rehab outing, on Thursday night in Springfield, went just about how it looked in the box score. He started out a little shaky, got sharp in the middle innings and faded in his last inning as he came up against his pitch count.
“It took me a little time to see what was working,” Lohse said. “Kind of a little erratic. But then, the second, third and fourth, I felt like I was back in the groove. Fastballs down, hitting corners. And then the fifth inning, a single on a fastball down the middle, got an out, then a bunt hit, then a walk. So it was just not really the way I wanted to finish it off, but I still felt good.”
Lohse’s next start is scheduled for Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis, which would put him right on line to pitch on the final day of the first half, the Sunday, July 12 doubleheader against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
“I’ll only get one start before the end of the half, so I might as well go into it feeling a little better,” he said. “Not that I don’t feel good about what I was able to do, but it will give me a chance to throw some more pitches and work on command of the fastball a little more.”
* As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Albert Pujols was named the National League Player of the Month on Friday. That makes twice in three months. The other NL winners were Tim Lincecum (pitcher) and Tommy Hanson (rookie).
* TLR said that Mark DeRosa is coming along well but remains unavailable to swing a bat.
“He’s actually making progress,” La Russa said. “He could defend or run the bases, but he can’t hit for today. We’ll go day to day.”
DeRosa won’t start until at least Tuesday.
* The Cardinals join everyone else in baseball in donning commemorative caps for this holiday weekend. Every team is wearing red caps with the team logo covered by a stars-and-stripes pattern.
Metric, “Gimme Sympathy”
Kevin GIlbert, “Parade”
Cold War Kids, “Something is Not Right With Me”
Silversun Pickups, “Lazy Eye”
Libertines, “Can’t Stand Me Now”