Red Sox rumors: Boston unlikely to pursue Kyle Lohse

Boston Red Sox starting pitchers Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront are dealing with minor injuries, but it’s not enough to make the team pursue free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Buchholz injured his hamstring while reaching for a ball during pitcher fielding practice, while Doubront’s shoulder has been a little sore, according to Cafardo. Still, it remains early in spring training and the Red Sox feel both pitchers have more than enough time to recuperate from their minor injuries.

Lohse remains a free agent, and it’s hard to determine where he’ll end up signing. No team has expressed clear interest in him, as there is either hesitancy involving the terms and value of his contract or the fact that he requires teams to surrender a draft pick to sign him.

Beyond the Red Sox, Lohse has been tied to the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres and others. Despite the loss of Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals are not expected to sign Lohse. The Indians and Angels don’t appear poised to bite on Scott Boras’ offer, and the Nationals are content waiting for a resolution to the Gio Gonzalez situation rather than add an inexpensive insurance policy.

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