The Cardinals say Kyle Lohse may miss a second start after being hit in the arm by a line drive.
The ball left swelling and a cramping feeling in the pitcher's right forearm.
According to the team, they plan to take the better safe than sorry path, holding out Lohse until he can pitch without pain. This is the only way to go. Lohse's injury is one that should just take a little bit of time to get him back to 100 percent.
But the baseball record books are littered with cases of pitchers who altered their mechanics to try to pitch through a minor injury -- Dizzy Dean's name comes to mind -- and in the process severely damaged their arms.
Dean's broken toe suffered in the 1937 All -Star Game caused him to blow out his elbow and the best pitcher in the National League's career was immediately and permanently ruined. The Cardinals can't afford to take a chance like that on Lohse.