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.”