Last call from the Desert….Derek Lowe and Josh Lindblom
“I feel we had a good camp. I like the way things are setting up. We have a very competitive club and we had some guys who earned some spots. We had some guys we wanted to come in and take the next step do just that, guys like Leonys Martin, Craig Gentry and Mitch Moreland, and a lot of guys stepped up that we needed to step up.”
General manager Jon Daniels
Derek Lowe pitched 12/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox on Tuesday. It was his fourth outing for the Rangers and he did not give up a run in three of them. In the other outing, he pitched three scoreless innings against the Angels before giving up six runs in the fourth.
He didn’t sign until March 6 but has been told that he will be on the team as a middle reliever. For a former 21-game winner and a guy who was on the Red Sox 2004 team that won the World Series, Lowe was pretty excited about making the Rangers.
“It’s pretty cool,” Lowe said. “I came into this camp knowing that I couldn’t give up a run. If that fourth inning had happened in my first game, I wouldn’t be here. For me it’s a huge accomplishment. To come in here with the goal of not giving up a run and for the most part not doing it, that was the challenge I put forward to myself. That’s a pretty big accomplishment. This is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.”
Josh Lindbloom pitched two scoreless innings against the White Sox on Tuesday. He retired the side in order in the seventh on three ground balls, then ran into trouble in the seventh. The White Sox loaded the bases with one out but Lindblom induced two pop ups to get out of the inning.
“He had to work that last inning,” manager Ron Washington said. “The first inning was pretty good, the last inning he had to work at it. But he got out of it.”
Lindblom is still trying to win a spot in the Rangers bullpen. There are two spots left and his competition is right-handers Tanner Scheppers and Cory Burns, and left-hander Joe Ortiz. There might be three spots open because the Rangers may take an extra pitcher for a week until it’s time to activate Nick Tepesch on April 9.
“We haven’t made any decision,” Washington said. “They’ve got to keep throwing.”
General manager Jon Daniels said Mike Olt will concentrate on playing third base at Triple A Round Rock. Olt played some right field during Spring Training and the Rangers are confident he can play the position. But the Rangers want him to concentrate on third base and get going offensively. His bat is still huge for the Rangers future.