Lohse pitched two innings on Friday night, about the same amount of work that he would get in a normal between-starts bullpen session. Thus, when he pitches on Monday, it will feel at least somewhat like he's on a normal routine.
"It turns out to be a nice bullpen for him," said manager Tony La Russa. "He should be good to go. I think what you do is like every day. You watch, and if you see a guy starting to change, you get him out. But it turned out to be a bullpen."
Making the matchup even more interesting is the opponent. Starting opposite Lohse will be one of his rotation-mates from last year, Braden Looper.
The veteran right-hander spent three years with the Cardinals, making a surprising and successful conversion from reliever to starter. He was allowed to depart as a free agent over the winter. The Cardinals made that decision in part because they locked up Lohse to a new four-year deal.
"I understood that they had signed Lohse," Looper said. "They kind of made their decision. Obviously, when you play in a place and you're comfortable, you want to come back."
STL: RHP Kyle Lohse (3-2, 4.25 ERA)
Lohse finally had a game where no physical ailments plagued him. So instead, a massive rainstorm washed out what was looking like a nice start after just two innings.
MIL: RHP Braden Looper (3-2, 4.70 ERA)
This was originally an off-day, but a rainout Friday night that was rescheduled for Monday prompted manager Ken Macha to shuffle the deck. He could have used Yovani Gallardo, but instead bumped up Looper to start against his former team. He'll be on regular rest coming off a "salvage" start against the Marlins last week. The first four Marlins hitters went single, homer, double, single for a 3-0 lead before Looper had his first out, but he settled down after that and allowed only two more runs through the sixth to snap a personal two-game losing streak.
Craig Counsell is 8-for-16 against Lohse, plus a single on Friday night that was erased from the records due to the rainout. ... Khalil Greene is 4-for-12 against Looper with two home runs. ... Opponents are slugging .497 against Looper.
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Tuesday: Cardinals (Joel Piniero, 4-3, 4.17) vs. Cubs (Ted Lilly, 5-2, 3.27), 7:15 p.m. CT
Wednesday: Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 1-0, 0.00) vs. Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 3-2, 4.65), 7:15 p.m. CT
Thursday: Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, 3-2, 3.83) vs. Cubs (Sean Marshall, 2-2, 4.02), 7:15 p.m. CT