Saturday tidbits: Sim for Lohse, rehab for Wellemeyer, more
Two rehabbing Cardinals pitchers are getting much closer to being activated, though they’ll progress in quite different ways in the coming days.
Kyle Lohse will throw a simulated game sometime in the next few days in preparation for returning to the St. Louis rotation. As of now, the plan is that Lohse will not go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
“He just needs to get back out there,” manager Tony La Russa said, “and we think he can get the work here and we can give some of our guys some extra swings.”
Lohse, who is sidelined with a left groin strain, is eligible to come off the disabled list in eight days, on Sunday, Sept. 6. That would be almost a perfect fit for the Cardinals, who have an off day on Monday and thus would next need a fifth starter one day earlier.
As for Wellemeyer, he told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he will soon head out on a rehab assignment. He’ll go to Nashville to pitch for Triple-A Memphis on Monday and Wednesday, buildup to a return to the active roster as a reliever.
“Probably 30-40 pitches both days,” Wellemeyer said. “Maybe 30 on Monday and 30 on Wednesday.”
In other Cardinals tidbits for Saturday…
* Jason LaRue gets the start in place of Yadier Molina. TLR had been looking for a day for Molina to get a breather, and he wants Molina catching pretty much all of the other four starters these days. So it’s Mitchell Boggs with LaRue again.
* The lineup features Brendan Ryan back in the No. 2 spot in the order, as Washington has a decent pair of LH relievers in Ron Villone and Sean Burnett. When that’s the case, Rasmus or Ankiel hits down in the order so as to split up the two LH hitters in the order.
* Today is photo day at Busch Stadium.
This afternoon’s playlist on an absolutely spectacular late-summer afternoon:
Stone Roses, “Fools Gold”
Bob Marley, “Waiting in Vain”
Everclear, “Pale Green Stars”
The Libertines, “What Became of the Likely Lads”