Lowe deemed fit for duty Wednesday

Lowe deemed fit for duty Wednesday

MIAMI -- After playing catch at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday morning, Derek Lowe revealed that he will be ready to start for the Braves during Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates.

Last Wednesday, the discomfort behind Lowe's right elbow proved to be too much for him to even play catch. But having had a full week to rest and realize the benefits of a cortisone shot, the veteran sinkerballer is ready to once again fill his spot in Atlanta's rotation.

"I can't complain," Lowe said. "At the end of the day, it looks like we did the right thing as far as taking some time off. I look forward to getting back out there on Wednesday. It's been a while."

Considering the fact that he'd never previously missed a start because of injury, it's easy to understand why Lowe said it's been "a while" since he allowed the Marlins five earned runs in just three innings on Aug. 29. His absence proved more painful Friday night, when Kenshin Kawakami filled the vacant rotation spot and also allowed Florida five earned runs in just three innings.

"I'm a high-energy guy, so it's been hard," Lowe said. "When I woke up this morning, I was looking forward to getting here and going out there and doing something. We're down to five starts, and we've got ourselves in a good position and you want to help."

Lowe doesn't believe there is any reason to be concerned heading into the bullpen session that he is scheduled to complete Monday morning in Pittsburgh. Just four days ago, he had to abruptly halt his attempt to play catch without being too bothered by a troublesome bone chip in his right elbow.

While giving himself a few extra days to rest, Lowe reduced the swelling that was causing the bone chip to infuriate a nerve in his elbow. Over the past three weeks, he had rarely played catch between starts. In addition, he found himself washing his hair and brushing his teeth with his left hand.

"I've just been doing a lot of treatment work, which is something that I can't stand," Lowe said. "But it's just something that you have to do. ... It's not like [the discomfort] has disappeared. What we set out to do was to give it time and let everything calm down."