ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers reliever Mark Lowe reiterated that he is fully recovered from the late-season hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two rounds. He said he wants on the World Series roster.
"I've been here all year and I feel like I contributed to us making the playoffs," Lowe said prior to Monday's workouts in which he threw live batting practice. "Hopefully, the coaching staff will feel the same way."
Lowe said an omission from the roster would sting.
"Yeah, for sure," Lowe said.
For Lowe to make the World Series roster, manager Ron Washington would have to drop a reliever if the Rangers stick with eight relievers. If they carry seven relievers as they did in the ALDS to carry an additional postion player (catcher Matt Treanor), a second reliever will need to be dropped. The Rangers could go with seven in the World Series because of the potential for additional pinch-hitting and double switches without a designated hitter for games in St. Louis.
We'll make a call on Mark Lowe, but he is getting better," Washington said. "That's all I can say, he is getting better."
Of course, if the Rangers go with seven relievers, Washington has the option of adding the hard-throwing Lowe. The two most logical candidates to be dropped from the roster are right-handers Yoshi Tateyama, who appeared in one ALCS game, and Koji Uehara, who has struggled and became the first player ever to give up home runs in three consecutive relief appearances.
"It's simple, he's leaving too many balls up in the zone," Washington said of Uehara's troubles. "We're discussing our options. We haven't made a decision yet, but we certainly are discussing our options."