Oswalt helps boost weakened bullpen

Oswalt helps boost weakened bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- Roy Oswalt made his first appearance as a reliever with the Rangers on Thursday night and earned the win with two scoreless innings. It was just his second relief appearance in eight seasons and he allowed just two hits while striking out two.

"He was outstanding," manager Ron Washington said. "He kept the ballgame right there and gave us a chance. I knew he would come in and throw strikes. I was concerned about him warming up and getting loose in a hurry and coming in to perform. But he performed very well."

Oswalt is reinforcing a bullpen that has been hit by some injuries. Mark Lowe remains on the disabled list with a strained intercoastal muscle in his right ribcage and threw two scoreless innings on Thursday night for Double-A Frisco. It was his third outing on rehab assignment.

Lowe is with the Rangers in Kansas City and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session with pitching coach Mike Maddux on Saturday. The Rangers will probably have Lowe throw once more on rehab assignment before activating him off the disabled list.

Koji Uehara, who is on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle in his right ribcage, remains limited to playing long toss.