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Lohse set to rejoin rotation Monday

The Sports Xchange

MILWAUKEE -- Rested and refreshed after an off-day, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had good news to share Friday in his usual pre-game media session at Miller Park: right-hander Kyle Lohse, who was scratched from his last start with a sore ankle, threw a bullpen session Friday and would return to the Brewers' rotation Monday against the Padres in San Diego.

“He threw a normal bullpen,” Roenicke said. “He wanted to see where he was and he threw the ball really well and got after it. It should work out well.”

Lohse first injured the ankle Aug. 2 in St. Louis, but worked through the discomfort and remained in the rotation until Aug. 13, when he was pulled after three innings against the Cubs and the team opted to skip Lohse's next start as a precautionary measure.

“It's all good,” Lohse said. “I'm back to pretty much normal. Was able to get the push and balance that I needed that I wasn't able to get. I was adjusting pitch to pitch and compensating with my upper body.”

Roenicke said the rest of the rotation would be pushed by one day.

Right-hander Matt Garza is also close to returning. Out since suffering a strained left oblique Aug. 4, Garza will throw two bullpen sessions this week -- the first coming Monday -- and if all goes well, he'll make a minor league rehab start before rejoining the Brewers in early September, Roenicke said.