Putting the final touches on the Rangers' potential playoff bullpen suffered a blow Wednesday when reliever RHP Mark Lowe suffered a left hamstring injury while doing pre-game aerobic exercises at the O.Co Coliseum.
Lowe, who pitched a perfect inning on Tuesday, left the relievers workout early and spent more than an hour in the trainer's room. He did not rejoin the rest of the team for batting practice workouts.
Lowe has never had a hamstring problem before, so the Rangers had no baseline information to deal with. The club will monitor the situation and could have him undergo an MRI as a precaution.
The exact nature and severity of the hamstring injury aren't immediately clear, so it's within the realm of possibility that this is only a minor setback with no major implications on his playoff eligibility ... but knowing everything that we know about how hamstring injuries tend to play out, there's a pretty reasonable chance that Lowe will be unavailable through at least the ALDS.
If that proves to be the case, you'll have a guaranteed bullpen setup of Neftali Feliz, Darren Oliver, Mike Adams, probably Alexi Ogando, Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez, and then one of Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama or Darren O'Day.