CINCINNATI -- Kyle Lohse stated his case emphatically on Tuesday night. He may not have to wait long for his reward.
Lohse turned in seven outstanding innings for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday in his fourth Minor League rehabilitation start. He struck out nine against two walks, allowing one run on three hits. Lohse is recuperating from forearm surgery in May.
Five days after Tuesday would put Lohse on turn to start Sunday at home against the Cubs, and manager Tony La Russa said that that is a possibility. It would also be rookie Jaime Garcia's fifth day, but with Garcia scuffling a bit lately, the Cardinals may choose to give him extra days of rest or even skip him entirely.
"We haven't had a chance to talk about it," La Russa said on Wednesday morning. "But I know Lohse had a really good game yesterday. We really haven't talked about it. The game yesterday was overwhelming, and today, we're trying to get ready for this one. ... Garcia pitched yesterday. [Lohse] pitched yesterday. There's some flexibility there, so we wanted to get all the information."
La Russa did confirm that Chris Carpenter will start Saturday's home game against Chicago, leaving only Sunday's starter undecided for the weekend series.