ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-handed reliever Mark Lowe was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. To make room, infielder Alberto Gonzalez was designated for assignment.
Lowe was placed on the DL on June 29 with a strained right intercostal muscle and last pitched June 25 against the Tigers when he tied a career high by tossing three scoreless innings. Before getting hurt, he had not allowed a run in his last six outings, spanning nine innings. Lowe allowed four runs in his first three rehab outings, all with Double-A Frisco, before pitching one scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday.
"I've been feeling good for about a week now," Lowe said. "They probably wanted me to go through all the stuff we go through in Spring Training -- the two out of three, the two innings, the back-to-back -- I think it was all part of the plan. I did a little bit of everything."
With Lowe being activated and a position player in Gonzalez being removed from the roster, the Rangers have eight available relievers.
"We needed to keep our long man down there, which is [Michael] Kirkman," manager Ron Washington said. "We're going through a stretch with the Tigers and the Yankees, they're good hitting teams. We've got to make sure we've got enough pitching."
In 24 games, Gonzalez batted .241 with four RBIs. He last played in a loss to the Royals on Sunday, when he replaced an injured Elvis Andrus at shortstop and committed an error in the 10th inning before the Rangers gave up the go-ahead run.