Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians announced they will designate veteran pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment on Thursday.
The move comes in the wake of Lowe being shelled for eight hits and seven runs over 2 1/3 innings in a loss at Kansas City Tuesday night. The right-hander has given up 23 earned runs over his last four starts, covering just 17 1/3 innings.
For the season, Lowe is 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts, losing his last four appearances.
The 39-year-old Lowe, in his 16th major league season, is 174-156 with a 4.01 ERA having also played for Seattle, Boston, the Dodgers and Braves. He was traded from Atlanta to Cleveland on Oct. 31, 2011.
The Indians are making the move so they can clear a roster spot for right- hander Corey Kluber. He made his major league debut last season by pitching in three games.
In 21 starts for Triple-A Columbus this season, Kluber has compiled an 11-7 record with a 3.59 ERA. His first big league start will be Thursday night against the Royals.
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