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Lohse Ready To Go For Brewers

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MARYVALE, AZ (WSAU)The Milwaukee Brewers’ newest starter says he’s ready to go. The Brewers signed veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse yesterday to a three-year, 33-million-dollar contract that pays him an extra 350-thousand each season in which he throws 190 innings.

General manager Doug Melvin says the 34-year-old Lohse is coming off two outstanding years with division rival Saint Louis, and he knows how competitive the National League Central can be. Melvin also denied that Lohse’s signing was a panic move, as the younger pitchers at the bottom of the rotation have struggled at times this spring.

Lohse – a 12-year Major League veteran – says he’s been having his own spring training, and he’s been throwing up to 90-miles-an-hour against college hitters. He’ll throw a bullpen session today for pitching coach Rick Kranitz, and he could pitch in an exhibition game as early as Thursday. Lohse will start the regular season on Milwaukee’s active roster.

He’s coming off his best season a year ago, going 16-and-3 with the Cardinals with a two-point-eight-six E-R-A. For his career, Lohse is 118-and-109 with a four-point-four-five E-R-A with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and the Cardinals.

Under the contract offering rules, Saint Louis will get a supplemental draft pick in June – and the Brewers will lose their first-rounder, the 17th pick overall.   The Brewers could decide by tomorrow what to do with right-hander Mark Rogers. The team’s first-round draft pick from 2004 is expected to start the season on the disabled list, after having control and velocity problems this spring.

Rogers met yesterday with manager Ron Roenicke, general manager Doug Melvin, and assistant G-M Gord Ash. Roenicke said Rogers does not have structural issues, like elbow or shoulder problems. He said the key is to build up the pitcher’s arm strength.

After pitching with the Brewers for the latter part of 2012, he was a candidate for this year’s starting rotation. But he struggled all spring. On Sunday, his fastball topped out at 89-miles-an-hour as he gave up two runs in three innings against Colorado.

Normally, he’d be sent to the minors to get some work in – but Rogers is out of minor league options.

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