Rangers 1B Nathaniel Lowe (oblique) could miss Opening Day

Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe could miss Opening Day with an oblique strain, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.

Lowe, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner, has a timeline for returning from the muscle injury of at least three weeks. He hit .262 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs in 2023 but had three hits in 18 at-bats this spring.

Texas opens the season March 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Lowe, 28, played 161 games in the regular season last year and was in the lineup for all 17 postseason games the Rangers played. He has never been on the injured list.

"It sucks, you know?" Lowe said. "I'm climbing up the list. I'm creating value for myself and making money and now getting paid to do nothing. It feels pretty slimy. I don't love it. It's something that's new for me, and I'm taking it in stride."

The World Series champion Rangers are already without shortstop Corey Seager, who was cleared this week to begin baseball activities in a throttled ramp-up from a sports hernia.