Lowe, battling possible elbow soreness, to test it in side session Tuesday

Derek Lowe was still cryptic Monday about what was ailing him during his three-inning outing against the Marlins on Sunday. But he acknowledged something wasn’t right indirectly and did so while wearing an ice pack wrapped on his pitching elbow.

“I’ll tell you in one day,” Lowe said to a few assembled reporters. “I’ll see how it feels tomorrow; tomorrow is my throwing day.”

Lowe is scheduled to throw his regularly scheduled side session on Tuesday afternoon.

Lowe gave an indication on the mound Sunday that he might be battling some arm fatigue when he repeatedly shook his right hand. He said afterward he had a hard time gripping the ball.

“I didn’t pitch very good,” said Lowe, who gave up five runs in a season-low three innings Sunday. “I don’t even know what to tell you.”

Lowe, 37, is in the 14th year of his career and has never been on the disabled list. He wouldn’t need to go on it now, with the rosters set to expand in September. If this turns out to cost Lowe a start or more on the mound, the Braves just recalled Kenshin Kawakami from Triple-A Gwinnett Monday and have him in place as a long reliever or spot starter from the Braves bullpen.

When asked if there was concern about Lowe’s health on Monday, Braves general manager Frank Wren said: “No, not at this time. Obviously after guys make their starts you always look to their side day and see how they do. That’s always the tell-tale sign if a guy is going to have any difficulty; that’s usually when it shows up. But I don’t expect there to be any problem.”

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Chris

August 30th, 2010
6:07 pm

I hope he’s OK. Go Braves!!

Jo-Bu

August 30th, 2010
6:16 pm

If all he can muster on his fastball is 88 MPH, dude is hurt. Lowe is supposed to be a big game pitcher — if he’s not healthy, he’s not any good to us and needs to miss a turn or two in the rotation.

Mathman

August 30th, 2010
6:17 pm

Might be a blessing in disguise. The only way the Braves get out of this 30 mil contract for the next 2 years, might be TJ surgery with insurance kicking in and paying it. KK with a few starts or Martinez or Beachy couldn’t be worse.

Jo-Bu

August 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

Oh, and Tom Glavine was never on the DL until the last couple of years of his career. We could be witnissing the same thing with DLowe. In an earlier article I thought it was said that he mentioned feeling something like heat, and some other sensation with his hand or something. That’s not good at all and could be a pulled ligament or a tear. If he goes out there like he is, the next thing he might feel is a pop.

Jo-Bu

August 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

I’d like to see Martinez and I wouldn’t mind giving KK another shot but Beachy might be peachy as well.

Me

August 30th, 2010
6:26 pm

He’s hurt. It’s been getting worse for the past few games too. The way he’s been slinging it up there like he’s trying not to put any pressure on his shoulder is painful to watch. Watch his mechanics from yesterday and compare it to game one. His arm is dragging, which means he’s compensating for pain somewhere.

ph

August 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

Have Martinez start against the Marlins Friday

boondawg

August 30th, 2010
7:06 pm

anybody got Smoltzie’s number

turkeycaller

August 30th, 2010
7:11 pm

What exactly did some of you people expect? Lowe isn’t and never was expected to be the ace of the staff. He has put this team in position to win most of his games. He is a pitcher who has in the past had good performances in some big games. Hope he gets to show more in the days ahead. The Braves couldn’t trade him earlier so shut the hell up about it. Who else is going to take his place?

UGA75

August 30th, 2010
7:51 pm

I wrote yesterday that I thought it was his elbow and I still do. It may not be torn, but it sure as heck is giving him fits.

FJ10

August 30th, 2010
7:56 pm

You were right UGA75. I read that yesterday. Keep posting anything you see. Thanks!!

VP

August 30th, 2010
8:29 pm

All i know is Derek Lowe is no better than a bank robber with a ski mask.Thank god the Braes didn’t let him ruin gameday at the ball park for me yesterday.

ijudgenot

August 30th, 2010
8:40 pm

If he is hurt that explains his last 3 outings. Does he have incentives in his contract or something, because it makes no sense for him to try to pitch if his elbow is hurting him.Braves should put Minor in the 4th slot and KK in the 5th slot, but they will do just the opposite and put KK in the 4th spot.

Brian O'Blivion

August 30th, 2010
10:44 pm

Sad to say, but I’d rather see a motivated and healthy KK in there rather than a hurt and lethargic-armed Derek Lowe.

hAL

August 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

ok if lowes hurt what the hecks bp hansons excudse im sure he will give the standard arm fatigue any day now lol

BBUA

August 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

Some of you guys are sick. Blessing in disguise, why not say you hoped he would have a heart attack and die. That way they could get out of the contract? Tell me why he is a robber, I don’t remember Derek Lowe taking a gun to Wren’s head. If your employer said they wanted to offer you $ 15,000,000 for 4 years, you would say oh no I’m not worth that much money, just give me my usually $ 15,000 per year. Get real you moron.

Derek Lowe got the contract because it was the market value at the time. Burnett had just signed that $ 80,000,000 contract with the yankees, Lowe was the next best FA pitcher available (the other was Perez who signed with the mets) and the braves needed starting pitching. Does anyone remember the starting staff the previous year? It was horrible.

He is not worth the $ 15,000,000 but most of them aren’t worth the salaries they are paid. That is just the way it is. Derek Lowe has contributed to this teams success this year and you guys should get off his case.

vankalen

August 31st, 2010
12:46 am

@ BBUA

Lowe’s 11-12 record and 4.53 era does show he has contributed to this team. negatively of course

Charlie Lau

August 31st, 2010
12:49 am

It’s obvious something is wrong. He needs to rest it and hopefully return healthy and fresher for the end of the season and playoffs. Why not go ahead with an MRI now? Easier to heal it than rehab after surgery.

Darkhorse

August 31st, 2010
1:42 am

Glavine called in Sunday. He mentioned that Lowe was shaking his arm alot. He picked up on the issue. Chip and Joe said he was shaking off sweat.

Darkhorse

August 31st, 2010
1:44 am

Should be “Glavine called it Sunday “. Nothing posts correctly on here. I swear i typed that right.

Darkhorse

August 31st, 2010
1:45 am

Again, the “I” was capitalized when I submitted.

Toots

August 31st, 2010
6:00 am

BBUA

August 30th, 2010
11:47 pm

I agree…. Post was right on….None of them are worth the type of money being paid. but it is management’s fault not the players. All management has to do is chrge $8.00 for a beer and believe the fans will come and pay it. I try to look at these players as I would my own son or the neighbor kid. wish them the best and when they struggle realize they are human….Does anyone actually believe KK decided to come to this country to play ball and wanted to “suck”? He was trying to adjust things weren’t woking out and he lost confidence. I am actually looking forward to seeing him pitch again. Lets just get behind the team. They weren’t expected to win anything this year and yet……the have given us some thrills and great entertainment.

MikeY

August 31st, 2010
7:57 am

How about an MRI on Lowe’s elbow? A side session is interesting but it seems the medical staff should step up and require further diagnosis. If he needs Tommy John surgery, a side session is not going to tell the team what is needed.

stew

August 31st, 2010
8:15 am

KK had his chance and he sucked. Did everybody forget this? How about Teheran, Delgado, or Beachy?

chuck

August 31st, 2010
9:21 am

Teheran and Delgado have no innings left this year….

Beachy? Next year for sure…i’d definitely like that.

And as for Mathman, just because we get insurance kickback for a D Lowe TJ, doesn’t mean Liberty Media is gonna spend the money on anything. They’ll just pocket it, and we’ll go from having a $90MM payroll to an $80MM payroll (insurance won’t cover the full $15MM, at least it didn’t for Huddy)

Jason Williams

August 31st, 2010
9:59 am

Starting stretching out Martinez . . . plus Minor and we would be fine

H. Ramirez and D. Uggla

August 31st, 2010
10:33 am

Please, Please, Please let BLowe pitch Friday!!!!

dap01

August 31st, 2010
11:08 am

How long would it take Smoltz to be ready to be a short reliever?

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GovClintonTyree

August 31st, 2010
12:00 pm

You think the elbow is the reason he’s getting under his pitches? His armslot is back to the low angle it was at last year.

Jeff

August 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

We could spot start Kawakami. KK and Lowe are basically the same crappy over paid pitcher.

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