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Mark Lowe says he's healthy, ready to go

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mark Lowe certainly feels acclimated to the Rangers' clubhouse in Surprise.

He's been coming to the complex "religiously," as he called it, since January.

"I live in Peoria, so it's only 20 minutes," Lowe said. "They have a good shoulder program here and I've been able to stick with that routine and get my legs stretched."

Lowe, who had back surgery last year, said he feels good this spring. He admits that he rushed things last year to get back on the field.

"It was four months after surgery, but my back felt fine," Lowe said. "I just didn't get the results I wanted."

Lowe said his struggles at the end of 2010 motivated him even more this offseason. He wants to be ready for whatever the team needs. If Neftali Feliz ends up starting, Lowe is a candidate for the starting job.

"That's definitely a possibility, but my focus is on staying healthy and being strong," Lowe said.

The reliever, who features a fastball, slider and changeup, believes his velocity will return without an issue this season.

"I don't worry about my velocity," Lowe said. "It's either there or it's not. As I get older, it's probably going to go away a little bit. I was throwing hard with a bulging disk in my back. There’s little doub it my mind that it will come back."