Lowe will pitch with bone chip
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:52 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 8:52 pm
In 14 seasons, Derek Lowe has never been on the disabled list. Even with a pesky jagged piece of bone lodged in his pitching elbow, he's not about to start now.
An MRI exam showed a bome chip to be the source of the Barves starter's elbow pain, but doctors say if he can pitch with the pain, he's not going to hurt anything. He might have to have surgery after the season to remove the chip, but for now he's going to keep going. He missed his scheduled start Friday but plans to make his next on Wednesday.
“You have to [pitch],” Lowe told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “There’s nothing you can do. It can’t get worse.”
Lowe, 37, is 11-12 with a 4.53 ERA for the first-place Braves. Those numbers don't match up to his best years, but one thing hasn't changed: The guy is the very definition of a workhorse. Since converting to a starting role with Boston in 2002, he has made at least 32 starts each year, leading his league in games started three times. He has averaged over 206 innings per season as a starter.
-- David Andriesen
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