06/25/09 2:46 PM ET
Looper not expected to miss next start
Righty has contusion after being struck by line drive
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Head team physician Dr. William Raasch confirmed that Looper had a contusion. The right-hander is expected to make his next start as scheduled on Monday against the Mets at Miller Park."I feel pretty good," Looper said. "Sore, but I knew it was going to be sore, and I think that's normal." That came as good news to manager Ken Macha, who already lost one starter -- righty Dave Bush -- to the disabled list after a similar incident. Bush was struck by a Hanley Ramirez line drive in Florida on June 4 and made three poor starts before an MRI scan revealed micro-tearing of the triceps. Looper was struck in a different spot by Carlos Gomez's up-the-middle shot, higher on the triceps in a more meaty part of the muscle. The baseball deflected to first baseman Prince Fielder for a diving catch. "I'm sure that because of what happened with Bush, they'll be extra careful," Looper said. "It feels good, though, so I don't foresee any problems at all." Looper said he wouldn't specifically request an MRI, because, "I don't think I need it."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.