8/16/2014 3:10 A.M. ET
Garza improves; Brewers to skip Lohse's turn
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- On the same day Matt Garza played catch for the first time since suffering a rib cage strain, the Brewers announced they would skip Kyle Lohse's next start to allow the right-hander time to heal a sprained right ankle.
Lohse was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Mike Fiers will now make that start -- on regular rest, because of the team's off-day on Monday -- followed by Jimmy Nelson on Wednesday. The Brewers are off again Thursday, allowing additional flexibility.
"I'm not exactly sure where [Lohse] goes back in," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It will really depend on how the ankle is and where we see that he's close to 100 percent. He probably won't be 100 because once you sprain it -- but we want to get him to the point where we're comfortable with putting him out there."
Lohse rolled his right ankle during an Aug. 2 start in St. Louis and made two subsequent starts unable to properly push off the pitcher's mound. He exited his outing against the Cubs on Wednesday after aggravating the injury in the third inning.
"We have been having him go back out there and he hasn't felt right," Roenicke said. "So I want him to pitch well, too. I want to give him the best chance to perform well. He wants to be out there to help us, but we need him to pitch the kind of games that we're used to seeing him pitch. If we keep pushing him, putting him out there, we're not going to get the real guy."
Meanwhile, Garza played catch for about five minutes Friday for the first time since suffering a left rib cage strain on Aug. 3 in St. Louis.
"We wanted him to be without any pain before we started," pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. "There's really no sense in doing it any other way. … It shouldn't take him as long, because he's only been down [a short time] and he keeps in good shape."
Asked about a timetable for Garza's return, Roenicke added, "They're going to follow up on it [Saturday], and if [Saturday] goes well, then they'll write up a tentative plan. I think when they write it out, I'll have a better idea of what [the timetable] is going to be."
Segura hurts hand while drawing interference call
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers shortstop Jean Segura underwent X-rays on his right hand late Friday night after being called out as part of a painful double play in the seventh inning of a 6-3 win against the Dodgers.
Segura led off the inning with a walk and, after a Gerardo Parra popout, tried to break up a double play at second base on Carlos Gomez's grounder to second base. Segura was forced easily and shortstop Miguel Rojas' throw hit him in the right hand.
Segura was called out for interference, not for throwing up his hand, but for leaving the baseline, ending the inning and drawing a protest from manager Ron Roenicke.
"[Umpire Mike Estabrook] said he slid too far out of the baseline that he couldn't touch the base," Roenicke said. "Which, maybe, I don't know. I can't see exactly. I could see the skid marks, and his skid marks to where maybe he could have reached it.
"[Estabrook] said, 'And he threw his hands up.' So I said, 'Which one did you call?' He said, 'I called it because he slid too far out of the baseline.'"
The good news for the Brewers was that Segura's X-rays were negative. If he cannot play Saturday, Elian Herrera would start at shortstop in Segura's place.
"It got him pretty good, but it did get him in the meaty part," Roenicke said. "They did X-rays; he's fine. But he's going to be sore."
Henderson, Thornburg likely done for season
LOS ANGELES -- Already marred by injuries, the 2014 seasons of Brewers relievers Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg now appear over.
Henderson will get a second opinion next week from Dr. James Andrews after Brewers physician William Raasch recommended surgery to clean up damage to the rotator cuff and labrum in Henderson's right shoulder. Thornburg had a platelet-rich plasma injection to promote healing in his right elbow this week and will be shut down for six weeks.
Neither had a significant setback, Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash stressed on Friday, but they were not progressing, either.
Henderson, removed from closer's role before Opening Day because of concern about his diminished velocity, has been on the disabled list since May 2, and twice went on Minor League rehabilitation assignments that did not produce the results all parties concerned needed to see. He visited Raasch in Milwaukee on Wednesday and underwent another MRI exam.
"His Minor League rehabs were successful because he knew how to pitch," Ash said. "But he wasn't feeling 100 percent and he finally admitted that, even though he wanted to be optimistic. He would pitch well one day, but he couldn't come back. That's when he said, 'I've got to get this looked at again.'"
Henderson will turn 32 in October and has one more pre-arbitration season remaining.
With Henderson struggling, Thornburg emerged as a bright spot for the Brewers, posting a 0.61 ERA and a .122 opponents' average through the end of April. But he had a 6.00 ERA and a .319 opponents' average in May and was placed on the disabled list during the first week of June with wrist-flexor irritation in his elbow. He never progressed to the point of a rehab assignment.
The Brewers have also been monitoring Thornburg's ulnar collateral ligament -- the tissue, if torn, that sends a pitcher for Tommy John surgery and a year-long rehabilitation. Thornburg's UCL is not torn, Ash said, but scans have detected what he termed "weakness."
"The follow-up MRI and second opinion he had 10 days or so ago showed there had been healing. Progress," Ash said. "So, nothing to be alarmed about. But he just can't get over the hump."
The PRP injection is intended to help. The Orioles' Chris Davis and Matt Wieters and Reds' Joey Votto are among the Major League players to undergo the procedure this season, in which a players' blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge, after which activated platelets are injected into the injured area to speed healing.
Thornburg will resume activities in late September or early October. He turns 26 Sept. 29.
Brewers working to extend MiLB partnerships
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash joined the Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Friday after spending time this week in Helena, Mont., where he helped announce a four-year extension of a player-development contract with the Rookie League affiliate there.
The Brewers have similarly expiring agreements with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Double-A Huntsville Stars, who are each moving to new stadiums as soon as 2015. The Sounds are getting a new ballpark in Nashville; the Stars are moving to Biloxi, Miss.
"In Huntsville, we pretty much have an understanding that we will go with the move of the team, but that's up in the air at the moment because of stadium considerations," Ash said. "We just don't know when it will be finalized."
With Nashville, "No news," Ash said. "Conversations to be continued. Nothing of any substance."
In other Minor League matters:
• The Brewers placed Kyle Heckathorn on the disabled list at Nashville and Damien Magnifico on the disabled list at advanced Class A Advanced Brevard County while both players deal with fatigue. Heckathorn could pitch again but the Brewers have decided to call it a season for Magnifico, 23, who had a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 120 1/3 innings.
"We don't want to push him over the edge," Ash said.
• Another pitching prospect, right-hander Tyler Cravy, probably needs a "couple more weeks" of rehab for a serious left oblique injury, Ash said. That means Cravy, 25, probably won't pitch again this season. He is 8-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 games, 13 starts for the Stars and Sounds this season.