SEATTLE -- September is a time when teams expand their rosters to 40 and have extra players for the final month. Reliever Mark Lowe wants to be one of those players for the Rangers.
Lowe was the second pitcher acquired by the Rangers along with Cliff Lee in a July 9 trade with the Mariners. Lowe has been on the 60-day disabled list since May 5. He underwent back surgery seven weeks ago and has been in Seattle getting treatment and physical therapy.
He joined the Rangers on Tuesday at Safeco Field and threw lightly for the first time since the surgery.
"It feels great," Lowe said. "It has felt normal since the second week after the surgery. I haven't had any pain at all."
Lowe will stay with the Rangers for the remainder of this road trip and then return with the team to Arlington. He will be examined there by Dr. Keith Meister, and if all goes well, he will be sent to Surprise, Ariz., to continue his throwing program. He believes he can be ready to pitch in a game for the Rangers in September.
If not, he could be a big factor in the bullpen for next season. Lee can be a free agent after this season, but Lowe still has two more years before he's eligible. He showed in 2009 that he can be a frontline reliever when he had a 3.26 ERA in 75 games as the Mariners' primary setup reliever.
"Going to a first-place team from a last-place team. ... It's been great," Lowe said. "I want to win, I want to be in the World Series, I want a chance to be in the playoffs every year. This club is moving in that direction. It's going to be fun to be a part of it."