Lowe to begin rehab assignment Saturday

Lowe to begin rehab assignment Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Mark Lowe will join first baseman Mitch Moreland at Double-A Frisco on Saturday night.

Lowe is scheduled to pitch one inning in his first outing on a medical rehabiltation assignment. He has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a strained intercostal muscle in his right rib cage and will likely need two outings before he is activated.

"He has been down a while and hasn't faced hitters," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't see how he can do one inning and come back."

Mitch Moreland, in the third game of his rehab assignment and first with Double-A Frisco, went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored on Friday. He led off the bottom of the first with a double to center, had an RBI double to right in the next inning, and singled to left in the fourth before grounding out to second in the fifth inning and getting hit by a pitch during the seventh.

Moreland, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, was 1-for-6 in two games for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday. He spent Wednesday and Thursday with his wife Susannah, who gave birth to their first child. Moreland is expected to play Friday and Saturday for Frisco and then the Rangers will decide if he's ready to come off the disabled list.

"We'll wait and see how his at-bats go," Washington said. "He can't go down there and do nothing, and then come back here and do nothing. We'll see how his at-bats go."