Lowe progressing quicker than Uehara

Lowe progressing quicker than Uehara

Lowe progressing quicker than Uehara
ARLINGTON -- Mark Lowe could be ready to return to the Rangers' bullpen before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Koji Uehara cannot say the same thing.

Lowe, on the disabled list with a strained intercoastal muscle in his right rib cage, threw 35 pitches in the bullpen without a problem on Tuesday. It was his second session in the bullpen. The first was on Sunday in Anaheim.

"Today was better than the first one as far as repeating my delivery," Lowe said. "I threw a lot of good pitches and felt fine."

The plan is for Lowe to throw another bullpen session on Thursday. If that goes well, he could pitch for Double-A Frisco on a medical rehabilitation assignment as early as Sunday. He could be activated after just one outing.

"You never know how that will go, but I'm planning on just one," Lowe said.

Uehara played catch on Tuesday, throwing for the first time since the Rangers were in Oakland last week. He is still feeling tightness in his lat muscle in his right rib cage and is not close to throwing off a mound. He could be another couple of weeks.

"That's a finicky thing that Koji has," manager Ron Washington said. "The medical staff thinks we need to slow it down."