Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe will not be making a return to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo on twitter. After being designated for assignment last week by the Cleveland Indians, many thought the two teams that would have the most interest would be the Orioles and the Red Sox. Apparently, neither team has any interest, although the club has one more day to try and swing a deal before releasing him.
Lowe started the season with a 4-1 record and 2.27 ERA, but struggled to say the least in June (.310 AVG, 6.49 ERA, .353 wOBA) and even worse in July (.352 AVG, 10.03 ERA, .412 wOBA) resulting in the DFA. Lowe made a whopping $15 million this year, with the Braves paying for $10 million of his salary.
The Indians also released both Johnny Damon and Jeremy Accardo today.
And the rest from around MLB:
Braves reliever Jonny Venters was recently given a week off after complaining of elbow soreness, but tells Mark Bowman that it now feels “really good” [MLB.com]
Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman, back on the Disabled List with inflammation in his right knee, is now experiencing discomfort in his left knee. [MLB.com]
Todd Zolecki breaks down the six-year, $144 million contract handed out to the Phillies Cole Hamels. Still hard to believe it came with a $6 million signing bonus. [MLB.com]
Rays DH Luke Scott is expected to start a rehab assignment on Friday. On the season, Scott has a .225/.279/.438 line with 12 home runs. [twitter]
The Houston Astros acquired infielder Tyler Greene from the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later or cash. Greene was a former first round pick of the Cardinals in 2005. [Associated Press]
Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is scheduled for one more rehab start [Twitter]
Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey pitched in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment touching 94 on the radar gun. [WEEI.com]
The Cleveland Indians have placed DH Travis Hafner on the 15-day Disabled List with a back injury. [Twitter]
The San Diego Padres recalled catcher Nick Hundley from Triple-A [Sports Network]
The Cleveland Indians fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky [Associated Press]
Looking ahead to tonight:
With day games taking over the majors this fine Thursday, only a few on tap tonight of any significance. The Red Sox and Indians start a four game series with Boston sending Felix Doubront to the hill against Ubaldo Jimenez. The Indians second half struggles have all but put them out of the wild card race. The Red Sox are still mathematically in it, but technically 5.5 games back of the Tigers and A’s.
The suddenly hot Orioles, fresh off a sweep of the Mariners, now get to face a young Royals team that owns the worst record in the American League (47-63). Baltimore has won 5 straight and sends Wei-Yin Chen to the mound against Will Smith. Hard to imagine this one, but a sweep here gives the O’s a 64-51 record, likely giving them top spot in the wild card.