ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse's recovery continued without a hitch Wednesday as the right-hander took part in a simulated game at Busch Stadium.
Having thrown two bullpen sessions over the past four days, Lohse stepped it up Wednesday by throwing to batters Aaron Miles and Jason LaRue. Lohse threw 40 pitches to the hitters after warming up with 40 pitches in the bullpen.
Lohse has been recovering from forearm surgery to repair exertional compartment syndrome and last pitched May 22.
"Felt like I didn't lose much of anything at the end there," Lohse said. "So from a stamina standpoint, that was good. Pitch-wise, I felt real good, too."
Lohse said he would pitch another bullpen Friday, and would "probably" throw a rehab start with one of the Minor League affiliates Monday.
The right-hander was most encouraged with his location and life on his pitches, not worrying about the results against the hitters. With all the other starters surrounding the batting cage while he threw, Lohse said they agreed his stuff looked close to normal.
"They are not going to lie and say it looks good when it doesn't," Lohse said of other starters watching.