It had been five months since Derek Lowe had pitched in a game, so he was naturally a little rusty in his spring debut with the Texas Rangers, but he proved he’s more than just a warm body at 39 years old. Lowe was rather sharp after knocking off the rust, especially for a guy who didn’t sign his minor-league contract with Texas until eight days before his first start. Two hits in two scoreless innings ain’t bad for a guy like Lowe at this point in his career, so the Rangers have to be excited about the possibility of what he could do for the major league club this year.
Now that doesn’t mean Lowe is going to have some miracle run in the twilight of his career and win a spot in the Rangers’ rotation this season, but he very well might play a decent role in their bullpen. After all, that’s exactly why Lowe was signed in the first place.
Now this one solid appearance also doesn’t mean Lowe is going to return to his sub-3.00 ERA form of his youth, but if he can provide a quality inning or two in half the Rangers’ games this year as well as some veteran leadership in the clubhouse, then he’ll be well worth the $1.25 million he’ll be owed if he does indeed appear in the majors this year. Who knows? Lowe could end up playing a relatively large role for the Rangers in a third World Series trip in the past four years.