Lowe would welcome return assignment
Designated by Indians, veteran considers options
Derek Lowe pitched for eight seasons in Boston, the last in 2004 when the Red Sox ended their 86-year World Series drought. He then departed for greener pastures on the West Coast with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After he was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Indians, the third team he has pitched for since his stint with the Red Sox, the 39-year-old Lowe said Thursday he would welcome a return to Boston.
“Of course I would,” Lowe said.
Before Lowe goes to his next team — be it the Red Sox or any other — he said he would likely go to Fort Myers, Fla., for a “tuneup” with longtime personal trainer Chris Correnti.
“I just need to go back with Chris and get my stuff right again, I know I will,’’ said Lowe, who was designated by the Indians after he gave up seven runs on eight hits, and two walks over 2⅓ innings in Cleveland’s 8-3 loss Tuesday night.
It was Lowe’s fourth straight loss, a stretch in which he compiled an 11.94 ERA. In 10 starts since June 8, Lowe went 1-7 with a 8.77 ERA and an opponent batting average of .350.
It was a far cry from his first seven outings of the season, during which Lowe went 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA, a stretch highlighted by a six-hit shutout in Minnesota May 15.
“I know I can pitch like I did the first two months of the season,’’ Lowe said.
In a radio appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan Show’’ Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated the team had some interest in the two-time All-Star.
“Derek obviously had a great run here,’’ Cherington said. “We’ll take a look at it. But we still need to focus on the guys here. We have great respect for Derek and what he did. We’ll take a look at it.
“If it makes sense to pursue, we’ll do so. That will be on the agenda today. But we still feel like we have the potential solutions internally for our rotation.’’
In his career, Lowe has gone 174-156 with 85 saves, including a league-leading 42 with the Red Sox in 2000.
Lowe is in the last months of a four-year, $60 million contract he signed with the Braves. After the waiver period ends, the Indians may still trade Lowe, although it looks as if he will end up becoming a free agent. If so, he could draw interest from the Orioles, whose general manager, Dan Duquette, acquired Lowe and Jason Varitek from the Mariners for Heathcliff Slocumb on July 31, 1997.
Lowe could also be enticed by the fact Correnti works for the Orioles as the team’s pitching rehabilitation coordinator.
But it’s not likely Baltimore would win over Lowe if Boston were to express further interest.
“I bet you we’re talking about him then,’’ Sox manager Bobby Valentine said, when apprised of Lowe’s availability. “If he’s available and someone might think he could help our situation, I bet he’s being talked about — and evaluated.’’
Nick Cafardo of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Michael Vega can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.