Derek Lowe looking to seize opportunity
|Manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Surprise, Ariz., to discuss how the Rangers are looking heading into the 2013 season.
"You're technically starting the game, but you aren't going as far into it as you normally would," said Lowe, who is scheduled to throw two innings. "I've always had the mentality of trying to use every spring training game as if it were a regular season game, so I'm going to go out there and pitch no differently than I would if it were during the season."
Lowe was signed as a free agent to a minor-league contract on March 6. Since his arrival in camp, the 39-year old has ramped up to this appearance by throwing in the bullpen and live batting practice.
He was brought into camp to compete for a spot in the bullpen. So far this spring, the more dominant performances have come from left-handed relievers. Lowe could provide an option from the right side, as manager Ron Washington said he sees the veteran as a pitcher who could be used to retire one batter or throw multiple innings. He will not, however, be stretched out as a starter.
"He's been throwing live BP and bullpens and looked good," Washington said. "Now we get a chance to see him face some hitters live, so we'll just see what he has to offer for two innings. Knowing his history, he'll get through his innings."
Lowe threw out of the bullpen for the second half of the season in 2012 when he joined the New York Yankees. He was used as a reliever in Boston for five seasons early in his career, but had not done so for 10 years until he was asked to do so last season. Lowe is getting a bit of a late start in his quest to make the Rangers' major league roster, but with two weeks of camp remaining the late start is better than not playing at all.
"It's March 15th. Obviously you don't really have much room for error, but I look forward to it," Lowe said. "Nine days ago I was home taking my kids to school. It's an opportunity that presented itself and I'm going to try and take advantage of it."
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