Indians considering Lowe's place in rotation

Indians considering Lowe's place in rotation

Indians considering Lowe's place in rotation
KANSAS CITY -- The Indians are in the process of examining the possibilities for their starting rotation, and the club is not ready to declare that veteran Derek Lowe will be a part of the plans.

Indians manager Manny Acta said he has been discussing the situation with general manager Chris Antonetti, but the organization has not yet determined what it will do with the struggling Lowe.

"We talked," Acta said on Wednesday. "But, we don't have anything settled yet. We're analyzing different things and options on how to proceed."

Cleveland's rotation currently consists of Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister and Lowe. Josh Tomlin, who has struggled of late as a starter, has been shifted to the bullpen. Right-hander Corey Kluber will be promoted from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday to take Tomlin's spot in the rotation.

"He's going to get a legit opportunity," Acta said of Kluber, who has gone 11-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 starts for Columbus. So right now, Josh is in the bullpen and we're not thinking about bringing him back to the rotation unless we have to, for the time being."

Cleveland might make a decision on the 39-year-old Lowe on Thursday, when they officially add Kluber to the roster. It is possible -- if the Tribe parts ways with Lowe -- that the Indians will carry eight relievers until needing to fill the veteran's rotation spot for a Sunday start against the Tigers.

Another possibility would be to give Lowe one more start, buying time until right-hander Roberto Hernandez is eligible to rejoin the Indians on Aug. 11. Hernandez is on the restricted list and working through a Minor League rehab while serving a three-week suspension for using a false identity (Fausto Carmona).

Lowe -- acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves -- has gone 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 outings for the Indians this season. Since going 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his first eight turns of the year, Lowe has gone 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA, allowing 61 earned runs on 97 hits with 28 walks and 28 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings.

"We have looked at videos and all that," Acta said. "And they have worked with [pitching coach Scott Radinsky] about staying tall on top of the ball. But, it's been a while now."