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Washington Nationals Pregame Notes: Stephen Strasburg Throws Simulated Game; Nats Sign Reliever Mark Lowe

Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game this afternoon as he continues to work his way back from a lat strain. The Nats also announced this afternoon that the team had signed veteran right-hander Mark Lowe, assigning him to Triple-A Syracuse.

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The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they signed 30-year-old, eight-year veteran Mark Lowe to a minor league deal:

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:

• Nats Lineup: The Nationals released their lineup for the series opener with the Rockies as well. Dan Haren will be on the mound for the visiting team against Colorado right-hander Jhoulys Chacin:

Game Time 8:40 pm EDT from Colorado. Can the Nationals make it three straight?