The Brewers will use right-hander Mike Fiers, who has been pitching out of the bullpen since being recalled from the minors, to start that game against the Pirates. Fiers began the season in the starting rotation but was sent down after one poor start and a couple of ineffective relief outings.
The Brewers' hope that Lohse won't miss more than one start before returning to the rotation.
"(Lohse) didn't seem concerned about it," said manager Ron Roenicke. "We're hoping it's not a big deal."
The Brewers already have enough problems with a starting rotation that ranks last in the National League with a 5.28 ERA. Right-hander Wily Peralta lasted only 1 2/3 innings Wednesday against Los Angeles, a day after Hiram Burgos went only 3 1/3 innings against the Dodgers before being yanked.
The short starts have put undue pressure on a bullpen that otherwise has performed quite well in recent weeks. But you can't keep asking your relief corps. to cover that many innings without wearing it out over time.
Burgos and Peralta are rookies, and Roenicke admitted you often don't know what to expect from young starters.
"You hope they do well, but the reality is young guys don't always do it," said Roenicke.
Though starting pitching remains the No. 1 concern for a team that has gone 4-16 in May, Roenicke tried not to put all of the pressure on that area of the club.
"Starting pitching is always a concern," he said. "That's how you win. But I don't want to say we are when we are because of starting pitching. Offensively, we've had some dry spots. But you win with starting pitching."
NEXT: Pirates (Jeff Locke, 4-1, 2.73 ERA) at Brewers (Mike Fiers, 1-2, 5.93 ERA)
RHP Hiram Burgos was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Burgos was 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA in six starts since being summoned from Triple-A Nashville on April 18. Burgos lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start, when he gave up two runs on six his and four walks Tuesday against the Dodgers.
LHP Tom Gorzelanny was reactivated from the disabled list Friday, taking the place of RHP Hiram Burgos. Gorzelanny had been unavailable since May 11 due to tendinitis in his left arm. Prior to going on the DL, Gorzelanny was 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 18 appearances.
RHP Mike Fiers starts Saturday in place of Kyle Lohse, who is skipping a start due to a sore elbow. Fiers returned to the Brewers May 11 after being optioned to Triple-A Nashville April 18. Since then, Fiers has made one start this season, allowing six runs in five innings of Milwaukee's 9-2 loss to Arizona April 6. In eight appearances this season, Fiers is 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA.
RHP Jim Henderson left the game with two outs in the ninth inning after straining his hamstring trying to field Russell Martin's ground ball up the middle. Henderson will be reevaluated Saturday. Prior to the injury, Henderson had converted all nine of his save opportunities and held opponents to a .161 batting average.
RHP Francisco Rodriguez got Neil Walker out on a ground ball to end the Brewers' 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh Friday and record his first save since July 18, 2012. Rodriguez, signed by the Brewers to a minor league contract earlier this season, has 295 saves for his career. Rodriguez has not allowed a hit in four appearances this season while striking out three.
"That was an outstanding way to start off a long stretch."—Manager Ron Roenicke after a win Friday.
RHP Hiram Burgos (right shoulder impingement) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 24. Burgos lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start.
RHP Kyle Lohse (soreness in his right elbow) will skip his next turn in the rotation on May 25 against Pittsburgh. The move is strictly precautionary and might not have been necessary had Lohse not missed all of spring training, according to manager Ron Roenicke.
RHP Mark Rogers (right shoulder instability) went on the 15-day disabled list March 25. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Huntsville on April 23, but that was rescinded so he could undergo further testing after experiencing tingling in his arm in his May 7 outing.
LHP Tom Gorzelanny (left shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 8. He threw live batting practice on May 21 and remained on schedule to be activated May 24.
INF Taylor Green (labral tear and bone spurs in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 15. He had season-ending surgery April 23.
LHP Chris Narveson (sprained left middle finger) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7. He threw a bullpen session May 21 and is slated to pitch live batting practice May 24 before going on a minor league rehab.
1B Mat Gamel (right knee surgery in March 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He is out for the season.
1B Corey Hart (right knee surgery in January 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He began running May 11 and the Brewers are hopeful he can begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of May.
RHP Yovani Gallardo
RHP Marco Estrada
RHP Wily Peralta
RHP Kyle Lohse
RHP Jim Henderson (closer)
RHP John Axford
LHP Michael Gonzalez
RHP Mike Fiers
RHP Burke Badenhop
RHP Brandon Kintzler
RHP Alfredo Figaro
RHP Francisco Rodriguez
LHP Tom Gorzelanny
1B Alex Gonzalez
2B Rickie Weeks
SS Jean Segura
3B Aramis Ramirez
INF Yuniesky Betancourt
INF Jeff Bianchi
LF Ryan Braun
CF Carlos Gomez
RF Norichika Aoki
OF Logan Schafer