Rangers’ Lowe still hopeful of pitching playoffs
The availability of Rangers reliever Mark Lowe for the playoffs
is very much in doubt because of a partial tear in his left
Lowe said he is disappointed but not giving up on the idea of
pitching in the playoffs, especially if the AL West-leading Rangers
advance past the first round and into the American League
championship series or World Series.
”It’s awful timing,” Lowe said Friday. ”It’s why you play all
year to be able to pitch at the end of the season and the playoffs.
I can’t say I’ll be ready for the first round. I’m definitely going
to try. If I can’t I should be ready for the second round.”
Lowe had a 3.14 ERA over 49 games since being recalled from
Triple-A Round Rock on May 4. He had gone to the minors after
giving up four runs in 2 2-3 innings the first four games this
After getting hurt running sprints during warmups before
Wednesday’s game in Oakland, Lowe returned to Texas early Thursday
ahead of the team to be examined. Team physician Dr. Keith Meister
determined that Lowe had a Grade 2 strain.
”He’s not day to day,” manager Ron Washington said before
Friday’s game against Seattle. ”He’s gone for a while. I don’t
know how long, but he’s out for a while.”
Right-hander Michael Gonzalez also returned to Texas early
because of illness, but Washington said the reliever was fine and
worked out Friday with the rest of the team.