Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Mark Lowe was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to stiffness in his neck. Even though it is horrible that Lowe has to deal with his neck tightening up, it may not be the worst thing in the world for the Angels for him to take some time to rest.
Lowe is 1-0 with a team-worst 11.37 earned run average, six strikeouts and eight walks in 6 1/3 innings this season. His .182 opponent batting average is good for a reliever, but the fact that he has surrendered eight earned runs on four hits is certainly something Los Angeles does not want to see from their spring acquisition.
The 29-year-old has allowed three earned runs in one game twice this season, with both times coming after he recorded only one out. His last outing came in the seventh inning Friday in which he walked two batters. The Angels were forced to take him out of the game after he recorded only one out. Manager Mike Scioscia said that Lowe’s neck “was really stiff” which is most likely why he has not been pitching well as of late.
Even though Lowe has not played up to his potential so far in 2013, Los Angeles knows that he is capable of performing at a high level.
“He has a power arm, and if he throws to his capabilities, there’s no doubt he can help us in our bullpen,” Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times after the Angels acquired Lowe in late March.
Hopefully, some good rest will do Lowe good. Not only will the time on the disabled list allow his neck to heal properly, but also it is a good chance for Lowe to recharge mentally so that he can dominate once he returns to the bullpen.