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.”
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.