Lowrie placed on DL; Villar called up

The Astros placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a still yet-to-be-diagnosed injury to his right thumb. Infielder Jonathan Villar was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and was in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the Padres.

Lowrie suffered the injury while sliding home in the eighth inning of Monday’s 9-4 win over the Padres at Petco Park and flew to Houston on Tuesday for an MRI. The club has not said exactly what the injury is or how long Lowrie is expected to be out.

Infielder Marwin Gonzalez figures to get the lion’s share of playing time at shortstop in Lowrie’s absence.

The injury comes at a bad time for Lowrie, who went 2-for-3 against the Padres on Monday and blasted his fourth homer of the season. Lowrie is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with a .621 on-base percentage during the current road trip in which the Astros have a 6-1 record.

In the eighth inning Monday, Lowrie was on second base when he raced home on a single by Colby Rasmus, saying his knee stuck in the dirt and caused him to land awkwardly on his thumb as he crossed the plate.

“I just stuck,” he said. “I’ve slid like that my whole life. I always slide on my left side and drag my knee across. Today it was like I just stuck. My knee hit and stuck and I flipped over and my hand was in the way.”

This is the eighth trip to the disabled list for Lowrie, who signed a three-year contract with the Astros in December. He was on the disabled list last year with Oakland with a fractured right index finger.

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with Lowrie down, and Correa tearing the cover off the ball, why aren’t the Astros calling him up? They are winning right now, keep the momentum going with the best player in their ML system helping the MLB team.

Losing Lowrie is a definite blow. He’s been tearing it up. Glad it’s not a season ending injury. Hope all goes well and for a speedy recovery!

Brian, I saw the tumble when Jed hit home base, but I had no idea he landed on his thumb, so now it’s Johathan Villar to hold the shortstop for a while, you wrote that Marwin Gonzalez was to replace Chris at first base, what happen there, is it because Chris is not hitting yet, or the mangers are changing up the infield, I thought Chris was doing a good joy at first, and starting to hit the ball a little better !!!     Sorry to see Jed go on DL for 15 days, his batting sure has helped the Astros now that they are on the winning strick !!!     Ralph  

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Brian McTaggart posted: “The Astros placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a still yet-to-be-diagnosed injury to his right thumb. Infielder Jonathan Villar was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and was in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the Padres. “

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