Lowe received cortisone shot in elbow, plans to make Friday start

Derek Lowe acknowledged Tuesday he’s been bothered by inflammation in his pitching elbow for the past six weeks. He got a cortisone shot on Sunday after struggling to get a grip on his pitches while giving up five runs in a season-low three innings against the Marlins.

Lowe said with two days to let the cortisone take effect, he planned to play catch Tuesday and then throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. He did not think it would hinder him from making his next scheduled start on Friday in Florida.

“I should be able to,” he said.

Lowe, who is 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in his past nine starts, said he didn’t tell the Braves about his elbow stiffness until three weeks ago.

“I’ve done countless exams and talked to doctors,” said Lowe, who said it’s not an injury that would require surgery. “It’s not the (ulnar) ligament, it’s not the Tommy John thing. We’re just trying to figure out what we can do to get the swelling out where you can bend your arm.”

Lowe said he’s had trouble brushing his teeth and washing his hair with his right hand in the days following his starts. He hasn’t been playing any catch between starts.

“As the week goes on, it gets better,” he said.

Lowe, 37, has never been on the disabled list in 14 seasons in the majors. He said his mentality has always been to just pitch through, something he hopes to do with the help of a cortisone shot – the first he’s ever had.

“This is how I’ve always been as far as my body,” Lowe said. “I figure no matter what it is, I can just deal with it and pitch through it.”

Lowe said the inflammation was in the back of the elbow. He was told it’s pinching a nerve, which is why his hand felt so weak.

“The game on Sunday I knew I was in trouble when I started,” Lowe said. “I told (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) after the third inning, ‘This is pointless. I can’t go any further.’ That’s when I came out of the game and got a shot after the game.”

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August 31st, 2010
6:30 pm

First – at least there’s a reason for his sucking so much.

Go Braves

August 31st, 2010
6:36 pm

What is he the bionic man? What can we do to get this guy out of the rotation?


August 31st, 2010
6:36 pm

So, he waited weeks to say something. Dumb, rich guy – to the tune of $30 mil over the next two years which the Braves will be stuck with.


August 31st, 2010
6:46 pm

You can’t wait 3 weeks to tell people. There is a fine line between “toughing it out” and speaking up. As someone once said there is a difference between being hurt and being injured. Being injured brings negative results and hurts the team. There is no harm in making management aware from the beginning-only will help

Oscar Goldman @ Go Braves

August 31st, 2010
6:57 pm

He’s not Steve Austin…..trust me…..


August 31st, 2010
6:59 pm

I am sure feels terrible for how bad he is hurting the team. He throws so soft that he has to be perfect for him to be effective. Let’s hope he is perfect from here on out. In case anyone was wondering, the magic number sits at 29.




August 31st, 2010
7:00 pm

Hope this works. Lowe is hurting the team right now. If not for all the run support he was given earlier in the year, his stats would be a lot more like kk’s. Move him to the pen if neccessary. We need a starter to at least give us a chance for the playoff push


August 31st, 2010
7:11 pm

Just a panacea to give him cover for pitching so bad…he tanked last year after the break. We got ripped when we brought him on board.


August 31st, 2010
7:40 pm

If you can’t brush your teeth or wash your hair with your right hand why in the hell do you think you can pitch?!? These guys trying to prove how macho they are by playing hurt do nothing but hurt the team. A REAL team player says when he can’t contribute. I think Lowe’s gotta go.


August 31st, 2010
7:41 pm

Quite frankly I think they should take him outside and shoot him. That is what they do with horses when they come up lame. Oh wait a minute, that means we would have to have killed Hudson, Wagner, Moylan, Medlen and others as well. That is a bad idea, quess we will have to shut up and let them work through this.


August 31st, 2010
8:43 pm


Lowe makes Friday start = Braves lose on Friday

This pathetic excuse for a pitcher is nothing but an automatic loss. I dont understand why the Braves continue to allow this clown to run their playoff hopes into the ground.


August 31st, 2010
9:53 pm

he said it bothered him 6 weeks ago, why not say anything to trainers 6 weeks ago? can anyone answer that question?


August 31st, 2010
10:06 pm

I sure hope the cortisone helps. We need the good Derek Lowe back.


August 31st, 2010
11:18 pm

You better hope he is alright. If he is not them you will find out why he is so valuable to this team and pitching staff. For all you KK raters, he will replace Lowe.

[...] The Atlanta Braves have been playing at a feverish pace for the last month, holding off the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East. It turns out that one of its key ingredients – starting pitcher Derek Lowe – has been hurting for six weeks. [...]

DC Brave

September 1st, 2010
9:37 am

I’m hoping Lowe can be there in the post season. His quirky weirdness makes him a great guy to put on the mound when the heat is on…just ask Boston.

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