The #Nationals have signed RHR Mark Lowe (4.17 ERA, 52 holds, 5 SVs, 264 games) to a minor-league contract. He will be assigned to Syracuse.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 11, 2013
Lowe, who's pitched for the Seattle Mariners (2006-10) who drafted him in the 5th Round of the 2004 Draft, the Texas Rangers (2010-12) and LA Angels (2013), has a 4.17 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 4.07 BB/9 and 7.74 K/9 in 264 games and 274.1 IP over the course of his career. The 6'3'', 210 lb right-hander had a 9.26 ERA in 11.2 IP in Los Angeles earlier this season, but he was placed on waivers when Jered Weaver returned from the DL. Lowe was release by the Angels on June 6th. Lowe's the second reliever added to the Nats' top affiliate in the last week. Washington selected LHP Tyler Robertson off waivers from Minnesota back on June 7th and assigned the left-hander to Triple-A as well.
From Coors Field: Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game this afternoon at Coors Field according to several reports from Colorado this afternoon. The right-hander is on the DL with a lat strain, but he threw 56 pitches without incident:
Stephen Strasburg said his simulated game went well. He felt no tightness in his lat & the 56 pitches felt like nothing. Had good strength.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 11, 2013
Strasburg said he thinks he is on track to return to the #nats rotation when he's eligible to come off DL on June 16.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 11, 2013
Stephen Strasburg threw 56 pitches in today's session & felt strong. As far as side, "it feels good." On track to come off DL & start Sunday— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) June 11, 2013
Tonight's lineup at COL: Span CF, Bernadina LF, Zimmerman 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Rendon 2B, Suzuki C, Haren P— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 11, 2013
Game Time 8:40 pm EDT from Colorado. Can the Nationals make it three straight?