Back tightness is the new oblique strain

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Remember last year how we couldn’t go a day in spring training without hearing about strained oblique muscles?  Yeah, that was great.  This year we have a new fashionable muscle strain: starting pitcher backs.

Tim Lincecum the other day, Clayton Kershaw yesterday.  Today it’s Wandy Rodriguez.

Will back strains become as popular as strained obliques?  Hard to say, really. It used to be that the classics — hamstrings, mostly — never went out of style.  Now we’re in a strange new world where there are no limits to what can rule the injury fashion landscape.

Mark Lowe wants to attempt a comeback

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Reliever Mark Lowe wants to make a comeback, Jerry Crasnick reports. The 35-year-old veteran is working out in Portland, Oregon and would take an opportunity to pitch overseas as well as a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lowe signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers back in January, but was cut in the middle of March and didn’t end up signing with another team. He last pitched in the majors in 2016 with the Tigers. Across parts of 11 seasons, Lowe has a career 4.22 ERA with 352 strikeouts and 163 walks in 385 2/3 innings. Lowe spent 2017 at Triple-A for the Mariners and White Sox, compiling a devilish 6.66 ERA in aggregate across 48 2/3 innings.