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September 28, 2010

Mark Lowe ready for playoffs?

The Rangers are planning to activate right-hander Mark Lowe from the 60-day disabled list today and have him pitch in at least two of the final five regular-season games to see if he could be of help to them in the American League Division Series.

"We haven't ruled it out," general manager Jon Daniels said.

The Rangers will likely be without Frank Francisco for the first round. Francisco had a third MRI on Tuesday rather than throw a bullpen session. Lowe is a power righty whose fastball clocks in the mid-90s with a hard slider and changeup.

The former UT-Arlington star has been in Arizona recovering from back surgery in May. He had thrown in a few Instructional League games and been on a mound either in a game, live batting practice or a bullpen session at least 10 times.

The Rangers acquired Lowe on July 9 in the Cliff Lee trade.

-- Jeff Wilson

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