Lohse dislocates pinky, will make next start

Lohse dislocates pinky, will make next start

SAN DIEGO -- Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse exited Monday's game against the Padres with a dislocated left pinky, but X-rays on the finger were negative and he expects to make his next start.

Lohse sustained the injury while running to first base after he laid down a bunt. He made slight contact with the elbow of Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

"I've done it before, but this time it just wouldn't go back in," Lohse said after the game, a 7-1 Brewers victory. "I tried out there immediately because I knew what happened. ... It wasn't going back in, so they had to numb it up."

Fortunately for Milwaukee, it was Lohse's non-throwing hand. His long-term status remains unclear. Lohse ended up tossing five solid innings of five-hit, one-run ball to earn his first victory as a member of the Brewers.

"It'll probably be swollen for a couple days," Lohse said. "But because I've done this so many times, it'll be fine."

Milwaukee signed Lohse to a three-year $33 million contract during Spring Training. Thus far, Lohse has done everything to justify the signing. Monday marked his first outing in which he didn't notch a quality start, and he appeared headed for one until the injury.

A.J. Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.