When the Texas Rangers signed Derek Lowe during spring training, it was with the hope that he might be able to give them some solid work in the long-relief role and possibly an occasional spot start.
The Lowe experiment with the Rangers officially ended on Thursday when the Rangers placed him on unconditional release waivers after designating him for assignment on Monday to call up Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Round Rock to make a spot start.
Lowe finished his brief career with the Rangers with a 9.00 ERA, giving up 13 earned runs in 13 innings and failed one too many times when Ron Washington inexplicably counted on him more than once.
To replace Lowe, who the Rangers will have to pay a full salary to this year, the Rangers signed veteran Mark Teahen, a career .264 hitter in seven big-league seasons. He had his best year back in 2006 with Kansas City when he hit .290 with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs with 10 stolen bases.