ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse continues to preach caution in his return from a right forearm injury, but his aggressive rehabilitation timetable tells an entirely different story.
Lohse threw off a mound on Monday for the second time since he had surgery to repair the injury. He expects his next throw to be on Wednesday, at which time he will face hitters. Lohse believes that it will be less than two weeks before he is pitching in a game on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. Lohse last pitched for the Cardinals on May 22.
"If I'm facing hitters on Wednesday, if that goes well, then the next step is to try to look at when I could get a rehab start in," Lohse said. "That's down the road. I've still got to make it through the next couple days."
Lohse's first throw was Saturday. After only one day off, he took the mound again on Monday, and was thrilled with the results. He once again threw approximately 50 pitches in the bullpen at Busch Stadium, reporting delight with the movement on both his fastball and his offspeed offerings.
"Today was about as good as it could get," he said. "My stuff was sharper today -- felt really good. Just everything, pretty much cut it loose today and it was all positive. ... I threw about as hard as I would want to. I try not to go back to my old form of trying to throw as hard as I can every pitch. Everything was moving. Sinker had some sink today. Changeup, everything was good."
If Lohse sticks to the timetable, he will almost certainly return to active duty before fellow injured starter Brad Penny, who is still trying to recover from a strained right lat muscle.
"I went into it trying to be as positive as I could and as smart as I could at the same time," Lohse said. "Not trying to overdo it with the rehab work. But I think in my mind, I'm pretty close to where I want to be. Today was a great day. I didn't expect to get on a mound and be as sharp as I have been. I'm just trying to keep that rolling."