Roster: Mark Lowe gives club extra arm

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to use Mark Lowe in the eighth inning.

That's been Darren O'Day and Darren Oliver's domain, with some occassional help from Alexi Ogando.

But without Frank Francisco in the bullpen, bridging the gap to get to that eighth inning and then to closer Neftali Feliz in the ninth has been a challenge at times. That's where Lowe might be able to help. He's a hard-throwing right-hander who Washington sees as someone who can get a few outs to close out an inning like the sixth or seventh.

"We don't need any length," Washington said. "We like what we saw in batting practice from him. He's been in big games before. We'll pick our spots, but he'd be a guy for earlier in the game."

Washington said Lowe's breaking stuff was better in his recent bullpen sessions than what he showed right at the end of the regular season.

"He's got a good changeup, sinker and he hits the bottom part of the strike zone," Washington said.

Lowe took the place of Clay Rapada. Some other roster notes:

* The team also decided to keep Jorge Cantu on the bench as a right-handed bat to go along with Jeff Francoeur.

Washington said he may try to get Cantu into a game over the weekend in Arlington, when the club faces a left-hander (like Jonathan Sanchez, for instance).

* Washington has talked about putting Guerrero in right field for Game 1, but could he be there in Game 2 as well?

"Let's see how he does tonight," Washington said. "If he's not having any problems, I may go with him again."