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Jed Lowrie’s thumb injury may land him on the disabled list

Mar 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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X-rays and an MRI both came back negative after Jed Lowrie sprained his right thumb diving back into second base on a pickoff throw on Wednesday, but the Astros are still concerned that he might miss the start of the season.

Lowrie took some ground balls and played catch yesterday, but Astros manager Brad Mills told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that his thumb was still “pretty tender” and that “he wasn’t able to grip the ball as well as we’d like.” He also expressed doubt about whether he would be able to play in any exhibition games next week.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that it wouldn’t be “the end of the world” if Lowrie starts the season on the disabled list, so it’s clear they won’t rush him if he’s not ready. Assuming he is held out of Grapefruit League action, the Astros could backdate a potential DL-stint to Wednesday, so he may only end up missing the first few games of the season.

Rule 5 pick Marwin Gonzalez and last year’s Opening Day shortstop Angel Sanchez are among the potential alternatives if Lowrie needs more time to recover.

  1. drewzducks - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    This is a shocking development.

  2. sabatimus - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Welcome to it, ‘stros. We had to deal with this in Boston, and ultimately the injuries were just too much. Lowrie’s got all kinds of talent but CANNOT stay healthy.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      X-ray and MRI are both negative? Seems he IS healthy, but won’t play through the pain. Which was in many cases his rep with the Red Sox.

      He was out for four MONTHS with mononucleosis.

  3. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    This is the reason the RS traded him. Plenty of talent but to many trips to the DL.

    • johnkeds - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Astro fans will find the biggest shock will be when brad mills finally checks the historical mendoza line differential between lowrie’s left and right handed batting abilities. Yet he has already penciled him in as the number two hitter because he likes a “left handed bat in the two spot”. The real reason sox traded him is he can’t hit a lick from left side. Reason constantly out of lineup: as bob uecker would suggest, if he played every day his secret would be up.(Feel free astro fans to check any year or better yet his career stats.)

  4. droopyyydog1 - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    A bigger story would be he played 150 games !! But there is always a reason why someone gets traded and the book on Lowrie is FRAGILE.

  5. JBerardi - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Hey, remember when Ben Cherrington gave up too much for Mark Melancon?

  6. stex52 - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    So what’s your point. You saying the Astros’ deals aren’t all brilliant?? :-)

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