May 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Derek Lowe (26) reacts after giving up a base hit against the Texas Rangers during the game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
After another brutal outing this past Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians have decided to designate right-handed starting pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment, as reported by Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. The team will call up right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber, who will take Lowe's spot on the roster for now.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) August 2, 2012
#Indians designate Derek Lowe for assignment to make room for Corey Kluber.
The 39-year-old Lowe had a great career, but this appears to be the end for him. In 21 starts, the groundball pitcher posted a 5.52 ERA across 119 innings of work while walking more (3.40 BB/9) than striking out (3.40 K/9). The one thing he still could do was keep the ball on the ground, unfortunately, they were finding holes instead of the defenders.
The Indians will be on the hook for $5 million of what was left on Lowe's contract. Remember, the Braves are responsible for $10 million of the $15 million total after the team sent him to Cleveland in an off-season trade.