ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse's recovery continued without a hitch Wednesday as the right-hander took part in a simulated game at Busch Stadium.
Having thrown two bullpen sessions over the past four days, Lohse stepped it up Wednesday by throwing to batters Aaron Miles and Jason LaRue. Lohse threw 40 pitches to the hitters after warming up with 40 pitches in the bullpen.
Lohse has been recovering from forearm surgery to repair exertional compartment syndrome and last pitched May 22.
"Felt like I didn't lose much of anything at the end there," Lohse said. "So from a stamina standpoint, that was good. Pitch-wise, I felt real good, too."
Lohse said he would pitch another bullpen Friday, and would "probably" throw a rehab start with one of the Minor League affiliates Monday.
The right-hander was most encouraged with his location and life on his pitches, not worrying about the results against the hitters. With all the other starters surrounding the batting cage while he threw, Lohse said they agreed his stuff looked close to normal.
"They are not going to lie and say it looks good when it doesn't," Lohse said of other starters watching.
Cards to talk with Draft pick Wilson
ST. LOUIS -- There is hope to see Austin Wilson in a Cardinals uniform after all.
A 12th-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the California prep outfielder was unanimously considered a first-round talent by scouts, but fell in the First-Year Player Draft due to concerns over signability. Intelligent to go along with his prodigious baseball gifts, Wilson has shown a strong interest in choosing Stanford over professional baseball and was considered by many too risky to use a high Draft pick upon.
Yet Wilson and his mother were in the Cardinals clubhouse Wednesday, chatting it up with current players and taking in Busch Stadium from the field level.
"He is here to work out and we 're glad that he is taking this opportunity," vice president of scouting and player development Jeff Luhnow said. "He is in town to meet with the front office and see what it is like to be out on the field at Busch Stadium."
The scene had more in common with college recruitment then professional baseball. Wilson stood with the Cardinals position players around the cage during batting practice -- Wilson was scheduled to hit on his own before rain wiped away the chance -- and got a picture with manager Tony La Russa.
To give him the full experience, Wilson donned a Cardinals uniform with his name on it.
"I hope it is not the last time we see you in this uniform," La Russa told the young recruit.
So how much of a chance do the Cardinals have of signing one of the best bats available from the prep ranks? While Luhnow wasn't willing to talk contract negotiations, the fact that Wilson was in the stadium is an encouraging sign that the Cardinals at least have a shot.
"Clearly they wouldn't be here if they didn't have interest or weren't seriously considering it," Luhnow said. "Now I am not going to give you any odds because we don't know."
Ludwick rehabs with Baby Birds
ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Ludwick shook off the rust quickly at Triple-A Memphis for his first rehab start, going 1-for-3 with a home run in the first inning. Starter Lance Lynn dominated the Omaha hitters, going 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11 and giving up two runs on four hits. ... Double-A Springfield took both in a doubleheader against Tulsa on Tuesday, winning, 8-5, in the day game and 5-4 at night. Andrew Brown collected four hits on the day, and Steven Hill jacked a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth to end the night game. ... Class A Palm Beach was unable to get much offense going in a 5-1 loss to Brevard County, and Brett Zawacki took the loss, allowing four runs on six innings.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said rookie shortstop Tyler Greene could be available to hit Thursday. Greene has not taken an at-bat in three games since bruising his left wrist after being hit by a pitch. ... When asked about Ryan Ludwick's rehab stint in Triple-A Memphis, La Russa mused that players often do not spend enough time rehabbing in a rush to get back to the Majors. La Russa said sometimes getting 8-10 games in instead of 3-4 would serve recovering players best. ... Courtesy of the Cardinals media relations, Brendan Ryan leads all middle infielders with eight double plays turned since the All-Star break.
Michael Bleach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.