Derek Lowe returning to rotation

PITTSBURGH -- Derek Lowe's right elbow feels fine after throwing in the bullpen and he is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Braves against the Pirates.

Lowe (11-12) missed his last scheduled start due to elbow soreness. He was encouraged after throwing lightly Sunday, and he threw in the bullpen Monday for the first time in three weeks. He has skipped recent throwing sessions to keep his arm fresh.

Lowe has bone chips in the elbow and will decide at the end of the season whether to have them removed. He last started on Aug. 29, giving up five runs and six hits in three innings against Florida.