Texas Rangers designate RHP Derek Lowe for assignment

05/20/2013 3:57 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Derek Lowe made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2012.(AP)
The Texas Rangers have designated RHP Derek Lowe for assignment.

Lowe, who turns 40 on June 1, signed a Minor League deal with Texas on March 6 and made the team’s Opening Day roster, going 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA (13 earned runs in 13 innings) in his nine appearances with the Rangers.

The move cleared room on the Rangers roster for RHP Josh Lindblom, who was set to start Monday night’s game against Oakland after going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Round Rock.

For his career, Lowe is 176-157 with a 4.03 ERA and 86 saves in 681 games (377 starts) with seven teams. He was a two-time All-Star with the Red Sox, earning those honors once as a starter and once as a reliever, and was a member of Boston’s 2004 World Series championship squad.

Lowe pitched briefly for the Yankees in 2012, signing with the team in August after being released by Cleveland, and he was 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 17 appearances (23.2 innings) down the stretch.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade or release Lowe or outright Lowe to the Minors.

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