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Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie remained hopeful Thursday afternoon that he could be in the lineup for Friday’s Opening Day game against the Rockies at Minute Maid Park. Lowrie hit soft toss and hit off the tee Thursday and fielded grounders on the field and says his sprained right thumb is feeling better by the day.
“I felt great today,” he said. “It’s another step in the right direction, so I’m encouraged. It’s just one of those things that you just continue to go down that road and continue to progress.”
Lowrie sprained the thumb eight days ago and hasn’t played since. The Astros are debating whether to put him on the disabled list to start the season and activate Brian Bixler or keep Lowrie on the active roster with hopes he can play this weekend.
“I don’t want to count it out,” Lowrie said. “I want to wake [Friday] and see how it feels. They want to see me do a few things before they give it the OK and I’m in the same boat. I need to get into a few rounds of batting practice. Let’s just take steps forward every day.”
Astros manager Brad Mills said he’s made out his lineup for Friday’s game with Lowrie being ready to play.
“With as much as it has improved these last couple of days, there’s definitely a real good chance,” he said.
If Lowrie can’t play, rookie Marwin Gonzalez, a Rule V pick, will start at shortstop.
UPDATED: GM Jeff Luhnow weighs in on Lowrie:
Astros manager Brad Mills spoke Saturday morning with a growing concern that shortstop Jed Lowrie won’t be ready for the start of the season.
Lowrie, who sprained his right thumb diving into second base during a pick-off attempt Wednesday, took some ground balls and played catch on Friday, but Mills said he didn’t feel as good as the team would have hoped.
“He wasn’t able to grip the ball as well as we’d like,” Mills said. “We’re going to wait and see how that works out. It’s pretty tender.”
Mills raised some doubt whether Lowrie would be able to play in any of next week’s exhibition games – Monday at Double-A Corpus Christi and Tuesday and Wednesday against the White Sox in Houston. An X-ray and an MRI showed no structural damage to the thumb.
“Jed was going so well and swinging the bat so well,” Mills said. “We’re going to have to check him out and make sure he’s healthy, throwing and swinging the bat and everything else. It’s going to be interesting to see how he comes around.”
When asked if Lowrie might not be ready for Opening Day, Mills said. “There’s always that concern, there’s no doubt. But these next couple of days are going to be crucial in trying to figure out how it is and into tomorrow and as we get into those exhibition games, whether he’s going to be able to play at all.”
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said team is prepared for anything.
“It’s really about how much [Lowrie] can tolerate and how quickly he feels ready to get back into games,” he said. “That could be a few days, it could be a couple of weeks and anywhere in between. We need to proceed with contingency plans in place for Jed being ready to go Opening Day and Jed not being ready to go Opening Day.
“The good news is even if he’ snot ready to go Opening Day, we’re not talking about an extended absence. We’re talking about something relatively short. It would be nice to have him in there on Opening Day and he’s a big part of the team this year, but if he’s not it won’t be the end of the world.”
If Lowrie starts the year on the disabled list, it could be backdated until Wednesday, assuming he doesn’t play in any games the rest of the spring. That means if Lowrie started the season on the DL, he would miss the first six games of the regular season.
As far as contingency plays, the Astros still have Rule 5 shortstop Marwin Gonzalez in camp and have brought Brian Bixler and Angel Sanchez back over from Minor League camp.
Meanwhile, center fielder Jordan Schafer, who hasn’t played in nearly two weeks because of a nerve injury in his left hand, was scheduled to take batting practice Saturday. Schafer was supposed to hit on the field Friday, but team doctors wouldn’t allow it.
“Today’s a big day for him,” Mills said.
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie was relieved to learn Friday the MRI performed on his sprained right thumb showed no ligament damage. Lowrie said he’s day-to-day and hopes to be ready for Opening Day in a week.
Lowrie sprained the thumb diving into second base on a pick-off attempt Wednesday and was taken for X-rays, which were negative.
“I got about the best news I could have as far as the MRI is concerned,” Lowrie said. “There is no ligament damage and that’s obviously great news. It’s just a day-to-day thing, until I can go.”
Lowrie said the thumb was already feeling better.
“The inflammation has gone down,” he said. “It’s still pretty sore, but the fact the inflammation has gone down is a good indication it’s going in the right direction. I don’t think I have any restrictions at this point. It’s just do whatever I can, so I’ll take it step by step.”
Lowrie said he’s still not able to grip a bat, however
“I haven’t even tried yet, but I don’t think it’s at that point yet,” he said. “It’s still too sore to the touch. I don’t think there’s any reason to push it when it’s still sore. We’ll get all that taken care of and go from there.”
Lowrie, acquired from the Red Sox along with Kyle Weiland in a December trade, is having a terrific spring. He was hitting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in 36 at-bats and had a .429 on-base percentage.
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, who sprained his right thumb diving into second base during a pick-off attempt Wednesday, on Thursday was awaiting the results of an MRI he underwent following the game.
Lowrie, who had the thumb heavily wrapped and was wearing a brace, was hoping to be able to play in a few days. He said the thumb was still sore, which was expected.
“Once again, I’m going to assume it’s a few days until they tell me otherwise,” Lowrie said. “Hopefully, with ice and treatment the swelling goes down and maybe we get back in there as soon as possible.”
The injury comes at a terrible time for Lowrie, who was having a great spring and was looking forward to the start of the season in eight days.
“It’s really frustrating, but after that initial frustration wears off then it’s get healthy and get back out there,” he said.
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.”