Difficult calls on Tateyama, Uehara

Difficult calls on Tateyama, Uehara

Difficult calls on Tateyama, Uehara
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said it was a "tough call" leaving relievers Yoshinori Tateyama and Koji Uehara off the World Series roster. Both were told before Game 1 that they were being replaced by catcher Matt Treanor and Mark Lowe.

"In Matt's case, it gives me a lot more versatility with my other two catchers," Washington said. "And Mark is ready. His hamstring is fine."

Lowe, who has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring, was 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 52 games. He pitched 45 innings and allowed 46 hits and 19 walks while striking out 42. He had a 2.95 ERA after the All-Star break while holding opponents to a .214 batting average.

He has not pitched since Sept. 20 but has been throwing in the bullpen and got through two live batting-practice sessions in the past week without any problems.

"The second time he threw live batting practice, the ball was coming out of his hand well and he was executing well," Washington said. "He's ready to go. We didn't use Tateyama a whole lot in the second round. That's why he's being replaced. Mark is ready.

"In Uehara's case, he has been struggling, and we had to get Matt on. It was two tough conversations we had with those guys because at some point this year, both guys provided a lot for us."