Lohse headed to Phillies for minor leaguer

CHICAGO -- Kyle Lohse is on the move again at the trade

The Philadelphia Phillies, looking to bolster their pitching in
the stretch, obtained the right-hander from the Cincinnati Reds on
Monday for young and durable minor league lefty Matt Maloney.

The 28-year-old Lohse is 6-12 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 starts this
season, going 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA at home but 2-9 with a 6.42 ERA
in the road. He is 4-6 in his last 10 decisions.

In eight seasons with the Twins and Reds, Lohse is 60-74 with a
4.83 ERA. Cincinnati acquired him from Minnesota at the July 31
trade deadline last year.

Lohse pitched five postseason games while with the Twins from
2002-04, starting one and going 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

"We like the Double-A pitcher, but we had to give up something
to get something," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said,
adding that the Phillies needed a veteran pitcher.

"As I said, he's got experience and he takes his turn. He's
been in the postseason with Minnesota. We thought with [Ryan]
Madson going down we had to add somebody to pick up the slack and
give us a little more depth in our pitching staff and I think he
can fulfill this role."

The Phillies were in second place, 3½ games behind the Mets in
the NL East on Monday before beginning a four-game series against
the Chicago Cubs. The deadline for trades without waivers is

Maloney, who is 23, was 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 21 starts at
Double-A Reading, striking out 115 in 125 2/3 innings. He was the
South Atlantic League pitcher of the year in 2006, going 16-9 with
a 2.03 ERA for Lakewood. He will report to Double-A Chattanooga.

The Phillies entered spring training with six legitimate
starters and one of the deepest rotations in the majors. But
they've been depleted by injuries and inconsistency.

Freddy Garcia, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the
offseason, was a bust, going 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 starts
before he went down with a shoulder injury. Jon Lieber was 3-6 in
12 starts before a foot injury ended his season in June.

Brett Myers, who moved to the bullpen soon after starting the
season opener, just returned from a shoulder injury that sidelined
him two months. Former All-Star closer Tom Gordon also missed two
months with a shoulder injury. And, reliever Madson just landed on
the disabled list Sunday.

Lohse was by far the Reds' most inconsistent starter, pitching
either very well or very poorly.

"He's had some ups and downs. He's had some good outings, had
some outings that aren't so good," Gillick said.

"[He's] been inconsistent so hopefully he can give us 10 or 12
decent starts in the last 50 or 60 games or whatever role that they
decide to use him. If they decide to start him or if they use him
in the bullpen, that's up to them."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn't comment before the game.

Lohse was also was the Reds' player most likely to be dealt
since Cincinnati didn't expect to re-sign him. He is making $4.2
million his year and is eligible for free agency after the World

Sensing the Reds' interest, several teams had contacted them
about a deal.

The Reds were flying to Washington on Monday, a day off, when
the deal was concluded. General manager Wayne Krivsky told Lohse
not to make the trip because he was about to be traded.

Lohse was scheduled to pitch the series opener on Tuesday.

"There was a lot of interest in him -- many teams," Krivsky
said. "It got to the point where two or three were very active
here of late.

"My preference was not to have Kyle Lohse have to get onto an
airplane to go to Washington. I kind of made up my mind it was
going to get done today before he got on the bus because it would
have been awkward."

Left-hander Bobby Livingston, who has been the team's fifth
starter, will move into Lohse's spot in the rotation.

In exchange for Lohse, the Reds got a young pitcher who has
shown durability.

"Left-handed, good size, knows how to pitch," Krivsky said.
"We're excited to have him."