Lowe charged with driving under the influence

Lowe charged with driving under the influence

Lowe charged with driving under the influence
ATLANTA -- Derek Lowe apologized to his Braves teammates when he arrived at Turner Field on Friday afternoon. But until the legal process runs its course, the veteran pitcher will not publicly discuss the events that led up to him being charged with driving under the influence Thursday night.

"I talked to everybody and explained the day and kind of let them know. I apologized to them," Lowe said. "It's been a rough couple days for this organization, and clearly I have a lot to do with that. You just want to let them know we're here to play baseball."

Already dealing with an investigation into pitching coach Roger McDowell's actions before last Saturday's game in San Francisco, Braves general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez certainly weren't thrilled to learn of Lowe's arrest soon after they awoke Friday morning.

"We're all disappointed," Gonzalez said. "But we've all been there. Whether it's a friend, a sibling or somebody we know, it's not good. You get upset. But you've got to put your hand around them and say, 'Hey, let's just go from here.'"

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Lowe was arrested on Peachtree Road in Buckhead at approximately 10 p.m. ET. The arresting officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and issued a field sobriety test.

Lowe refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was booked at the Atlanta City Jail and posted bail during the early morning hours.

Gonzalez said Lowe will make his scheduled start against the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

"It's one of those things as a parent, a brother or a son, we've all been in those situations," Gonzalez said. "We don't condone it or like it. It happens in all walks of life and professions. It's not good. He's going to have to go through the legal stuff. Hopefully some of our guys learn from it."

During a meeting held before batting practice Friday, a few players expressed the need to stay focused and unified during what should have been an encouraging stretch. Shadowed by the troubles experienced by McDowell and Lowe was the fact that the Braves had won five of their previous six games entering Friday.

"Hopefully this is a point of the season that will define us and build character," Gonzalez said.

Wren talked to his players about the responsibilities they possess in the community and walked away from the meeting happy with the response he received.

"We've made a couple of mistakes here," Wren said. "But we want to move forward and uphold the reputation we've had in this community.

"This is a resourceful group. They have a lot of pride being a part of this organization. There were some very heartfelt comments in there about being a part of this organization. There's also a great camaraderie. The scene I left in that clubhouse, I think, represents this organization very well."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.