Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Guardado: Lohse will be ok

Eddie Guardado was a teammate of Kyle Lohse's in Minnesota. Despite concerns about Lohse's mental toughness, Guardado said the 27-year old right-hander will be fine.

“I know he’s been bumping heads with (Twins manager Ron Gardenhire),” Guardado said. “When things aren’t going your way and you’re bumping heads with certain people, especially the manager, it’s difficult to pitch. You feel like the world’s against you. I’ve been there.”

Lohse was 2-5 with a 7.07 ERA for the Twins. He lost his starting role earlier this season. Guardado said he spoke with Lohse following the trade and was encouraged by the discussion.

“I think he’s got great stuff,” said Guardado. “He's a pitcher who's going to be around for awhile. He ran into little bumps in the road this year.”

UPDATE: Lohse allowed one run on four hits in one inning pitched tonight in his Reds debut. He also had one strikeout. Lohse will start against the Braves on Saturday in lieu of Brandon Claussen.

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