I am shocked....shocked...to read this:
Lowe, 39, was dropped to make room for rookie right-hander Corey Kluber, who will face face Kansas City on Thursday night in his first big-league start. Lowe used to be one of the best closers in the American League, but the Indians decided against putting him in the pen — which is getting overcrowded with starters.
Lowe (8-10, 5.52) lost his last four starts. He opened the season at 6-1, but went 2-8 with a 8.28 ERA in his last 13 outings. In the second half last season with Atlanta, Lowe went 4-10 with a 6.20 ERA.
He allowed 204 base runners (156 hits, 45 walks, three hit by pitches) in 119 innings.
The Indians acquired Lowe from Atlanta for on Oct. 31 for minor-league reliever Chris Jones. They are paying $5 million of his $15 million salary this year.