Monday, July 31, 2006

The obligatory "change of scenery"

"When you come to a team that wants you, your confidence is boosted up," said Eddie Guardado. "You want to prove to (your new team) that you can still pitch.”

Those words might also apply to another former Twin, Kyle Lohse, who was dealt to the Reds today.

Lohse is just 2-5 with a 7.07 ERA. He has pitched better since the Twins shipped him to the bullpen, but he wasn't pleased with the move.

A source close to the Twins told me the 27-year old's struggles are mostly mental and not physical. Most scouts agree he has quality stuff.

When I mentioned the Reds have a solid clubhouse and that might help Lohse adjust, the source said the Twins clubhouse was a pretty good one too and it didn't work out.

Lohse wants to be a starting pitcher. Jerry Narron says that possibility might be dependent on Brandon Claussen's performance tonight. The Reds need a starter for Saturday.

Lohse has some ability. You've got to figure the Reds are hoping he can crack the starting rotation. The bullpen is about as deep as it can get.

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