|Rangers to put Loe on disabled list, call up Wood|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 03 August 2007 17:41|
Right-hander Mike Wood will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to start in Loe's place Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Loe is 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 24 games this season, including 19 starts. He said the left side of his lower back became stiff while he was throwing a bullpen session between starts earlier this week.
``Towards the end of my bullpen, I felt my back getting a little tight,'' Loe said Friday. ``I threw one more pitch, and it just locked up on me.
Loe said he still felt ``a little uncomfortable'' Friday, but hoped to throw from flat ground Saturday. He is expected to miss two starts.
``I've battled this kind of stuff before,'' Loe said. ``It usually clears up in two to three days. This one is going to take a little longer. Being a tall guy, I have lower-back issues every once in a while. I've never had to miss a start before because of it. This one really got me so they're going to put me on the DL.''
Wood was 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA at Triple-A. He has pitched in five games for Texas this season, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA.
Wood isn't likely to pitch deep into the game Saturday after throwing 81 pitches over eight innings in a victory over Fresno on Wednesday. He gave up three runs and five hits.