Lowrie sprains his right thumb
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie suffered a sprained right thumb diving into second base in the third inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins at Osceola County Stadium. X-rays were negative.
Lowrie, who has been hampered by injury in his career, led off the third inning with a single and was picked off on a throw from the pitcher. Lowrie dived back into the bag, but jammed his hand into Marlins second baseman Omar Infante, who blocked the base as he reached for the throw.
“Hopefully it’s ice it a couple of days and I’m back out there,” he said. “I’m going to go with that until they tell me otherwise. It’s stupid with five days left in Spring Training. I don’t think there’s any reason to block a base at any time, particularly at this time. I don’t think he’s trying to hurt me, but he’s a middle infielder. Stupid injuries like this happen when you block bases. Hopefully it’s nothing.”
Infante said he wasn’t intentionally blocking the base.
“I could see the throw was away, but I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I feel bad. I couldn’t do anything [to avoid it].”
“The throw kind of took him up the line a little bit and he just blocked the base and I slid right into him and jammed my thumb,” he said. “When you’re expecting the base to be three feet further away and there’s a body there instead, that’s how things get jammed.”