The Phils are dropping like a Ryan Howard pop up as newcomer Kyle Loshe is the latest player to be beset by injury. After hitting batters Aramis Ramirez and Cliff Floyd in his 29-pitch first inning of yesterday, Lohse took a Jacque Jones batted ball off his right forearm. In witnessing the injury it seemed like it would a real bad bruise, and fortunately that’s all it has turned out to be. He is listed as day-to-day with a right forearm contusion.
If anything, Loshe will miss his next start and be replaced by he-who-was-replaced, J.D. Durbin who came in to pitch after Loshe. Still, between the two of them, they only managed four innings and allowed four runs. Then of course the bullpen allowed the Cubs to chip away at the lead until the Phils finally put things to rest with a trio of insurance runs in the ninth to cap off a 10-6 victory. Coming off the heels of Brett Myers’ meltdown Wednesday night, things look frightening heading into Milwaukee. Kendrick, Hamels, and Eaton will all start against the Brew Crew who just dropped two of three to the Mets.
One parting note, yesterday’s "Under the Knife" feature on Baseball Prospectus hinted that maybe Aaron Rowand’s hard-nosed style of play has rubbed off on his fellow outfielders – and that’s why they are on the DL.