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Indians DFA veteran right-hander Derek Lowe

Aug 1, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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From Jordan Bastian of MLB.com comes word that the Indians have designated veteran starter Derek Lowe for assignment, booting him from their 40-man roster and placing him on waivers.

Cory Kluber will be called up on Thursday afternoon to fill the roster vacancy. He’s scheduled to start Thursday night’s series-finale against the Royals.

Lowe was hammered for seven runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Royals, lifting his season ERA to 5.52. He has an 8.80 ERA and 26/27 K/BB ratio over his last 12 outings.

The 39-year-old right-hander may struggle to draw interest from other teams once he hits the open market.

  1. papalurchdxb - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Don’t tell Mookie that she has an option to demote Daddy if she wants to Craig!!

    • papalurchdxb - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      you lot giving me the thumbs down either have no sense of humor or incredibly short memories.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/01/and-that-happened-tuesdays-scores-and-highlights-78/

  2. phreakin - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Remember web this guy was a beast in Boston? Now he gets cut from the Indians.

    • Bryz - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Funny how that happens when you’re 39 years old in MLB.

    • Joe - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      I know, and only ten years later! That happened so suddenly.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      He was actually a regular disappointment in Boston, imo.

      He always raised expectations and then when the team counted on him, he flopped.

      He was a very good middle reliever, stepped into the closer’s role due to necessity and was lights out. So they go into the next season counting on him to continue being a solid closer, and he flops. Hard. So they have to acquire Ugueth Urbina, and the convert Lowe to starter without much expectation.

      What happens? He finishes 3rd in the Cy Young race, and the Sox finally have a solid #2 option behind Pedro. So they don’t add any major acquisitions to the rotation, and what do they get from their solid #2? His ERA goes up 2 runs and he is almost exactly league average. So they go into 2004 acquiring Curt Schilling to shore up the rotation and counting on Lowe to at least be average, maybe improve a little….nope. One of the worst starting pitcher in baseball (Granted there were a few guys with worse ERAs, but he also allowed 28 unearned runs!)

      And that sums up Lowe’s career in Boston. 2 seasons where he was a beast. And then he failed miserably after each one.

      Of course, some off field indiscretions may have played a role in all that but that doesn’t change what happened on the field.

      • adowding3 - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        He won all four of the series clinching games in the ’04 run, including on two days rest in game 7 of the ALCS. Dude gets a free pass on everything else.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        He also got shelled in the 2003 ALCS.

        And he won 3 games in the 2004 playoffs, 1 as a reliever. I’m not saying that wasn’t a fine accomplishment, but he was so incredibly bad that 10th inning duty in game 3 of a series the Sox were sweeping was the only duty he even saw in the DS.

        I’m not trying to take too much away from him in respect to the 2004 playoffs, but really….anyone could have been the pitcher of record in Game 3 of the ALDS and game 4 of the World Series (They were sweeping which is the only reason he even got the ball. If the series were 2-1 or even worse 1-2 Lowe would not have been starting)….and as for game 7 of the ALCS….kind of hard to lose when the team stakes you to a 6-0 lead. But again, he did pitch a fine game. But most other pitchers on the team would have won that game.

  3. hitem396 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    he couldnt find any hot reporters in cleveland

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    The low down, is that he is over the hill. Time for him to retire.

  5. badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Whoa! Who outside of Cleveland knew he was still pitching

    • ptho16 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Probably the people in Atlanta who were still paying 2/3rds of his salary.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    The first Red Sox fan who says they should take a chance on him needs to be punched in the dick.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      he cant be worse than Beckett and at least he’ll go 5 innings

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I could see a NL team with a big ballpark taking a chance.

    • chief0727 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      There’s a NL team that plays in Yellowstone National Park ?

  8. runteddyrun - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Perhaps his buddy Dusty will give him a call…

  9. Walk - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I feel bad for him or at least as bad as possible for someone as successful and well off as a pro ball player. He had some bad years in atlanta and i was really hoping he would get it back together in cleavland. As bad as last year in atlanta was you could tell he was trying every game out, changing his grip on his pitches, which may or may not have made things worse.

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