Brewers sign RHP Kyle Lohse; Lohse talks to WTMJ
The Milwaukee Brewers officially announced the signing of 34-year-old right handed pitcher, Kyle Lohse Monday. News spread of Lohse agreeing to terms with the Brewers about 11:00 Monday morning. Lohse arrived at the Brewers spring training complex in Phoenix in the morning. After he passed his physical and MRI, the Brewers made the official announcement.
The deal is reported to be worth 3 years and $33 million dollars.
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin commented on the signing saying,
“Kyle is coming off two very good years, and his experience and competitiveness will be welcomed by the club. This signing makes us a better club today than we were yesterday.”
Lohse joined Jeff Falconio and me on Sports Central Monday night and explained he has been working out and threw 90 pitches in a simulated game last week.
Lohse is not certain when he will make his regular season debut for the Brewers, but he will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and may make a spring training start on Thursday.
The Brewers will play Lohse's former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, April 12-14. Lohse would love to be in the mix to start one of those games.
"it would be pretty cool," Lohse said of starting against his former mates. "I have a lot of good friends [in St. Louis], but we're all competitors. I feel like I have the upper hand knowing how to get those guys out. I pay attention."
When asked about what he thought the fan reaction in St. Louis would be, Lohse said, "I think the people in St Louis know that I gave everything I had every time I went out there."
Lohse has compiled a record of 30-11, with a combined ERA of 3.11 over the past two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. For his career, Lohse is 118-109 with an ERA of 4.45. Last season, at the age of 33, he also held opponents to a career-best .239 batting average. He will wear uniform number 26.