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Friday, September 23, 2011
Mark Lowe is down that he's out

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers reliever Mark Lowe is thoroughly disappointed at the timing of the Grade 2 hamstring strain that is expected to sideline him for the ALDS, assuming the Rangers advance.

Lowe said he suffered the injury during routine pre-game warmups Wednesday. He said he felt a pop on the seventh or eight stride while doing sprints. He had never suffered a hamstring injury before and didn't know what it was. Lowe, traded to the Rangers last year with Cliff Lee, was injured when he joined the club and wasn't added to the postseason roster until the World Series.

"It's awful timing," said Lowe, who has a 2.75 ERA in last 24 appearances. "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 said there is no timetable for resuming activity. He said that's all in the hands of the trainers, who have been busy with hamstring injuries this season. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz both went on the DL with strains.

Lowe's setback will open a pitching spot for the ALDS (assuming the Rangers clinch the AL West). That spot could go to either Yoshinori Tateyama or left-hander Darren O'Day. Washington said he hopes to get both of them on the mound soon if opportunities present themselves. Tateyama hasn't pitched since Sept. 10 when he became just the second pitcher in major-league history to surrender grand slam to consecutive hitters (also Sept. 3 at Boston).

If the Rangers clinch soon, Washington will be able to get each as much as work as possible to help him make a decision.

* Speaking of Cruz, manager Ron Washington said he wants to get Cruz back in the outfield soon, possibly this weekend against Seattle.

* Catcher Yorvit Torrealba is not in the starting lineup tonight, but he will be available off the bench. Torrealba was pulled from Friday's game with an upset stomach.