Lowe's injury adds to load on Nathan, Adams

Lowe's injury adds to load on Nathan, Adams

Lowe's injury adds to load on Nathan, Adams
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed pitcher Mark Lowe on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right rib cage. He is the third Texas reliever to be placed on the disabled list, joining Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara.

The Rangers recalled pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock to fill Lowe's slot. Tateyama pitched in 16 games at Round Rock and was 1-0 with a 0.43 ERA. In 21 innings, he struck out 20, walked four and held opponents to a .195 batting average. He is 3-0 in 46 appearances for the Rangers over the past two seasons.

Lowe hasn't been on the mound since pitching three scoreless innings against the Tigers on Monday. That tied for the longest outing of his career and the muscle has been bothering him. He tried to throw on Friday and couldn't, prompting the Rangers to put him on the DL.

Tateyama becomes the third most experienced reliever in the Rangers' bullpen behind closer Joe Nathan and setup reliever Mike Adams. Both had pitched in three straight games going into Friday.

"It's not too bad," Nathan said. "We've all thrown this many games before. I'm on pace to pitch in 70 games, that's something I've done before. It's either flood or drought for a reliever, and right now we're in monsoon season."

Nathan, who has 18 saves and a 1.87 ERA, leads the Rangers with 34 appearances, and Adams has 33. Yankees reliever Boone Logan leads the league with 38.

"If we feel we can go, we want to be out there," Adams said. "Today, I think I might need a day off because my pitch count has been a little bit higher than I would like it be. You have to be smart sometimes. Whenever I think that I'm available, I want the ball. If there's a situation where the game's on the line, I think myself and Joe want the ball every single night in those situations. We're not going to shy away from competition."

Uehara (strained lat muscle) and Ogando (strained groin) have been throwing on flat ground but have yet to progress to the mound. They are not expected to be back until after the All-Star break. Their absence leaves the Rangers with four rookies in the bullpen: Justin Grimm, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and Robbie Ross. Mark Lowe is the only veteran besides Nathan and Adams.