Derek Lowe started the Dodgers opener today and kinda bombed—he gave up eight runs in five innings. Either before or after the game, he also probably got word that revelations from depositions in his divorce case with Trinka Lowe were to be posted at RonFineman.com, the subscription-only site that last year broke the news of the pitcher's affair with Fox Sports' Dodgers reporter Carolyn Hughes. Depositions taken in Florida are public record, according to Fineman, who says that he attempted multiple times to reach all of the parties before posting the reports tonight. These are among the most noteworthy of Fineman's disclosures, summarized by me unless it's within quotes:
♦ Lowe said in his deposition that he suffers from ADD, was provided with Ritalin by a Red Sox doctor and has been given 20 mg daily doses of the stimulant Adderall by the Dodgers' trainer Stan Johnson. The drug was prescribed by team doctor Michael F. Mellman without an exam, says Fineman.
♦ Trinka Lowe alleged in her deposition that the pitcher's agent, Scott Boras, suggested an "intervention" to deal with the player's drinking and told her the Red Sox did not re-sign Lowe after the 2004 season because of his alcohol problem. In his deposition, Derek Lowe acknowledged that the Red Sox thought he had a drinking issue but that he disagreed.
♦ According to Fineman, Trinka Lowe said the alcohol issue got so bad when Boston was in the playoffs in 2004 that bullpen catcher Dana Lavangie phoned her at home in Fort Meyers, Florida "and told me that I needed to come up to Boston because Derek was falling apart....He was depressed. They had taken him out of the starting rotation. He was in the bullpen. They told him pretty much he wasn't going to touch the baseball for any of the playoffs."
♦ Lowe would get drunk last season in the Dodgers clubhouse with clubhouse manager Dave Dickinson, Trinka contends. Dickinson told Fineman "he would drink with Lowe occasionally after games, but not every night. And he also said he did not see Lowe get drunk in the clubhouse."
♦ Lowe was arrested and got probation after a domestic dispute before they were married, according to Trinka.
♦ Lowe gave Hughes a $33,000 Rolex watch.
♦ Lowe said he turned down a $45 million deal with the Florida Marlins to take $36 million from the Dodgers before last season.
Finally, a possibly revealing window into the Dodgers' social structure. In his deposition, Fineman reports, Lowe said that he went out to "team dinners" several times last season, his first in L.A. Asked if all 25 players attended, he said: "No. The American people, white people....We have a lot of Latins, and so I'm saying that the white people, there are probably eight people that went. Jeff Weaver, maybe Brad Penny. People along those lines." I guess Milton Bradley wasn't American enough...
In March, the Times' Bill Plaschke did a revealing interview with Lowe about last season's turmoils that pretty much missed all this stuff.