A court case involving a Braves player is Craig’s territory and then some, but since he’s off coaching soccer games or some other such nonsense I’ll give it a try …
According to the Associated Press the DUI and reckless driving charges against Derek Lowe have been dropped by the prosecuting attorney in Atlanta “for a lack of evidence.”
Lowe is hardly the only big leaguer to be charged with a DUI this season, but he is the only guy accused of “racing another driver” at the time of the arrest.
However, according to Lowe’s lawyer he “did remarkably well” on the field sobriety test administered by police and allegations about racing were “absolutely unfounded.”
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.