When the Twins dumped Kyle Lohse on the Reds last summer, in exchange for an obscure minor-leaguer, you could assume he was done doing things to piss us off. The 7.07 ERA, the tantrums and the inability to hold leads would all become Cincinnati’s deal.
Lohse once seemed to have all the promise in the world, going 27-19 in his first 2 full Minnesota seasons, and then putting together a 20-31 record in the next 2 1/2 years until mercifully becoming an ex-Twin.Tonight, Lohse managed to continue making life miserable for the Twins by beaning Torii Hunter in the first inning of their exhibition game. A-friggin’-mazing. How many ways can this guy do the Twins wrong?
Initial reports were that Hunter suffered nothing more than a bruise to the back of his head. But injury reports have a way of starting out more hopeful than they turn out to be. I’ll be skeptical until I see Hunter back in the lineup and hitting the ball hard.
What’s more, Lohse left the game immediately after the beaning, allegedly with a mild hamstring strain. From here, it looked like brain strain.
I’m miffed. I mean, I want to be turning over the potential starting rotation in my head. Ortiz wasn’t bad tonight and Glen Perkins makes an interesting candidate for the No. 5 spot in the rotation and Boof pitches tomorrow and what’s going to happen with Baker and Silva and … now I’m stewing about Kyle Lohse.
That’s just not right.