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Rangers expecting Nathaniel Lowe to miss start of season

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Nathaniel Lowe will likely miss time to open the regular season after he was diagnosed with a strained right oblique muscle, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

The initial timeline for Lowe’s return is three to four weeks. The Rangers are still evaluating the severity of the injury and say that the timeline could be shortened or lengthened.

The first baseman said there wasn’t a singular moment when he first felt the injury, attributing it to the wear and tear of never missing time because of an injury.

His injury leaves the Rangers scrambling to find a first baseman for Opening Day.

Former American League All-Star Jared Walsh is the leading candidate based on a .412 spring batting average with an 1.147 OPS. The left-handed hitter isn’t the only candidate, though, with Bochy mentioning the right-handed-hitting Justin Foscue and Blaine Crim.

Bochy also said that Ezequiel Duran, Josh Smith and Davis Wendzel could get reps at first base. Duran and Smith, though, might be tied up filling in at shortstop for Corey Seager, who is fielding grounders but hasn’t hit yet in his return from surgery for a sports hernia.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 10, 2024

    There is this natural first baseman by the name of Blaine Crim that Bochy and the Rangers’ org seem to be down on, but he would make sense to me based on stats.

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