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Lohse Will Undergo Surgery, Miss Two Months

Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse will undergo surgery on Friday on his right forearm.

Doctors have diagnosed the problem as exertional compartment syndrome.

Dr. Steven Shin, whom Lohse saw for a second opinion on Wednesday, will perform the surgery.

The Cardinals did not project a recovery time for Lohse but athletes in different sports who required similar surgery returned to activity in 6-8 weeks.

Via St. Louis-Post Dispatch

Lohse May Need Surgery On Forearm

The Cardinals on Thursday placed right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 23, with a right forearm strain.

The club also purchased the contract of right-hander Fernado Salas from Triple-A Memphis to take Lohse's spot on the roster.

Lohse experienced soreness in his last start on May 22 and has been shut down since. An MRI examination revealed inflammation in the arm, but no structural damage.

After further testing with a hand and wrist specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, Lohse's condition remained uncertain, and with his rotation spot coming up on Saturday, the team made the move to add another pitcher while a long-term decision about Lohse is made.

A report that surgery is the likely outcome for Lohse was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday

Via MLB.com

Pujols' Agent Leaves Firm

Dan Lozano, the agent for Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, has left the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Lozano, who had been with the firm since 1989, was one of their four main partners.

Pujols is closing in on free agency and is expected to sign an enormous contract.

He is making $16 million this year in the final year of a guaranteed seven-year, $100 million contract. The Cardinals have a $16 million club option on him for 2011.


Pujols, La Russa Have Heated Exchange

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a heated exchange with manager Tony La Russa on Friday night.

Pujols was left standing at the plate Friday on right fielder Ryan Ludwick's unsuccessful steal attempt.

He returned to the dugout and smacked a tray of gum in frustration.

La Russa reprimanded Pujols, saying, "That's enough."

Pujols responded and the exchange escalated with La Russa telling Pujols at one point, "I (expletive) know how to manage."

The incident was downplayed on Saturday.

"Part of his greatness is that he cares. It's why he ends up doing well and whatever needs fixing he fixes," La Russa said Saturday.

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Penny Hits Grand Slam, Injures Back

Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny hit a grand slam in the third inning on Friday night against the Angels.

However, he aggravated an upper back injury he suffered the previous start and had to leave the game.

St. Louis defeated Los Angeles 9-5.

The Cardinals were unsure of the severity of the injury and scheduled an MRI exam for Saturday morning.

"It was something I was trying to deal with between starts," Penny said. "I couldn't have pitched that last inning, there was no way. The first inning, I felt incredible. The second inning, I felt OK and the third inning, I started feeling a little worse."

Via Yahoo! Sports

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