KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Cleveland Indians designated Derek Lowe for assignment Wednesday night, one day after the veteran right-hander was shelled by Kansas City.
Lowe gave up seven runs on eight hits, two walks and a balk over 2 1-3 innings in Cleveland's 8-3 loss Tuesday night. He had lost four straight, had a 15.88 ERA in his last three starts and an 8.80 ERA in his past 12.
The 39-year-old began the season 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA, but is 2-9 since with his ERA ballooning to 5.52.
The 16-year veteran is 174-156 with 85 saves in his career with Cleveland, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston and Kansas City.
Rookie right-hander Corey Kluber will take Lowe's roster spot and make his first big league start Thursday night against the Royals.
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The Indians have placed first baseman Nick Swisher on the paternity list after he and his wife welcomed their first child.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Max Scherzer retired 22 straight batters after the first inning, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night to stop the Indians' winning streak at five and trim their lead in the AL Central.