BOSTON -- The Rangers expect to activate reliever Mark Lowe off the disabled list Friday when they open a three-game series against the Tigers at the Ballpark in Arlington. Lowe pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday night for Triple-A Round Rock in his fifth outing on a medical rehabilitation assignment. Texas wanted to see Lowe pitch in back-to-back games, and he did so without a problem. He pitched Monday and Tuesday for Round Rock, retiring all six batters he faced and striking out four. "He's done everything we've asked of him," manager Ron Washington said.
Lowe has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a strained intercostal muscle in his right rib cage.