The Rangers were going to have to make a roster move to clear space on the 25 man roster for tonight's starter, Josh Lindblom.
That move has now been announced: the Rangers have designated long man Derek Lowe for assignment.
Lowe, who turns 40 on June 1, was signed during spring training to give the Rangers some proven depth in the bullpen at a time where there were questions about how ready the Rangers' young pitchers were to contribute. Lowe didn't really get much of a chance to be a long man, though...only two of his nine appearances were of two innings or more.
Lowe allowed 13 runs in his 13 innings of work for Texas, good for a 9.00 ERA. His last appearance as a Ranger -- and possibly as a major leaguer -- was yesterday, when he came into the game in the 5th inning with two outs in relief of Derek Holland, got an out to end the fifth, and then allowed two of the three batters he faced in the sixth get on base before he was pulled for Jason Frasor.
The Rangers now have 10 days to waive, trade or release Lowe. They will likely end up waiving and releasing him. If no other team claims him, the Rangers are on the hook for Lowe's $1.25 million salary in 2013.