Three free-agent pitchers held tryouts for major-league clubs Wednesday, and the Detroit Tigers were among seven teams represented. Right-handers Kip Wells and Mark Lowe threw a bullpen session, as did Australian left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith. The workout was held in Peoria, Ariz. in front of team officials for the Tigers, A's, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Angels, Orioles and Brewers, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Of the three veteran pitchers, Lowe is likely the only candidate expected to be offered a major-league contract. Lowe, 29, went 0-2 with a 3.43 in 39 1/3 innings for the Texas Rangers last. He missed seven weeks last season due to a strained intercostal muscle, but has still drawn interest from a bevy of teams this offseason, including the Dodgers, Giants, Brewers and Rays. Wednesday's workout was set up by his agent, Jeff Frye, to showcase Lowe's recovery. A 12-year veteran, Wells returned to the majors in 2011 after being out of the league for three years. He made seven starts with the San Diego Padres and went 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA and a 19:20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings pitched. The Mets expressed interest in Wells earlier this winter, but the 35-year-old will likely have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Rowland-Smith, 29, spent last season with the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate and last appeared in the majors in 2010, when he went 1-10 with a 6.75 ERA with the Mariners.
Detroit Tigers among seven teams on hand to watch three free-agent pitchers throw bullpen sessions
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