The Texas Rangers have optioned reliever Mark Lowe to make room for Colby Lewis’ return from leave for the birth of his child. Lowe had been expected to contribute in late game situations, but he’s struggled.
The move means Michael Kirkman retains his bullpen spot. Nolan Ryan said Monday that the team sees Kirkman as part of the solution to their bullpen questions. He was a contributor out of the pen late in the season and in the playoffs in 2010, after pitching much of the year in the Triple-A rotation.