CINCINNATI -- Kyle Lohse caught a flight west on Monday, headed to Nevada for a game he thought he wouldn't have to pitch.
Lohse will start on Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis at Reno, his fourth Minor League rehabilitation start as he tries to come back from forearm surgery. Lohse had hoped that his next game would come for the Cardinals on the club's upcoming homestand. Instead, he'll pitch one more time in the Minors.
His last time out, Lohse was reached for five runs on 12 hits in five innings, an outcome that led the Cardinals to alter their plans a bit.
"This is a team in contention," manager Tony La Russa said Monday. "It's the same argument you use all the time on these guys. When you get in there, we can't afford to have guys getting their timing at the plate or on the mound.
"We want Kyle to help us when he gets here. But I know one thing: [pitching coach Dave Duncan] is very excited about how he's throwing the ball. So we're working off a good thing. It's just a matter of time."
If all goes well for Lohse on Tuesday, he could slot in at some point on the Cards' upcoming eight-game homestand, which begins on Friday.