ST. LOUIS Kyle Lohse packed up his locker, shook some hands and said his goodbyes Tuesday afternoon in the Cardinals clubhouse at Busch Stadium.
But he had trouble walking out the door.
The pitcher almost certainly won't be back with the Cardinals next season. Set to cash in on a big payday in the free agent market this winter, the club likely will go with one of their younger and cheaper starters in his place.
He knows it. The Cardinals know it. And that made leaving tougher Tuesday afternoon, knowing he probably wouldn't be back again.
"It's been a great place for me," Lohse said. "It's a business. It's a fun game, but a business."
Lohse was in no hurry to leave, taking his time packing up his belongings into boxes and a pair of red Cardinals duffle bags. He stopped several times to talk with teammates, members of the clubhouse staff, public relations staff and the media.
He hugged Jason Motte on the closer's way out the door, reminding him that their Words with Friends ...