Kyle Lohse takes teammates out to dinner first day with team

Kyle LohseKyle Lohse finally signed with the Milwaukee Brewers this week after spending the entire offseason as a free agent. Lohse’s deal with Milwaukee is for three years and $33 million. Though he only signed on Monday, Lohse wasted no time trying to ingratiate himself with his new teammates.

According to the Brewers’ website, Lohse went out to dinner with the other pitchers on the staff Tuesday and picked up the bill. They went to a steakhouse in Scottsdale, so you have to figure it probably wasn’t too cheap, though a man making $11 million per season can definitely afford it.

Lohse is expected to throw to Major League hitters Thursday against the Rockies. He has already thrown 95 pitches in a simulated game, and there is a possibility he could open the season in the team’s rotation.

Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, and Wily Peralta are scheduled to start the team’s first series of the season against the Colorado Rockies. Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers appear to be other pitchers in the mix.

Though it sounds crazy, Lohse could realistically be starting for Milwaukee less than two weeks after signing with the team. And at least his dinner bill wasn’t Dez Bryant-sized.

MLB All-Star Game Snubs: National League

The fans really nailed the NL starters for the All-Star Game. I only had one complaint with the fan vote, so they must be commended for getting it right. All my other complaints are really nit-picking because the NL All-Star team was well selected. Manager Bruce Bochy was too much of a homer and included a few too many Giants pitchers, so that’s the only other issue I really have. Here are the NL All-Star team snubs (written as the player who should have made it over the one who did):

Aramis Ramirez over Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones at 3B

Fans got all the starters right except for Placido Polanco at third base. There was no real standout at the position this year but Ramirez is having the best year of all NL third basemen. He should have been the starter over Polanco and the backup over Chipper Jones. It should have gone Aramis and then either Chipper or Chase Headley as the backup.

Andrew McCutchen over Jay Bruce in OF

McCutchen misses out on his second straight All-Star game in favor of a Pirates reliever. He deserved to go last year over Evan Meek and deserves to go this year. Bruce had a major power surge in May that captured everyone’s attention but h’s cooled off since then. McCutchen, with his 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases, has been the better overall player.

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