After wanting to play through a fractured right index finger, Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie thinks he’s headed to the disabled list, according to a report.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Lowrie had trouble making a throw in Wednesday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals.
“I’ve had to change my grip to avoid it,” Lowrie said of the injury. “That’s no way to play.”
Coupled with his availability being a day-to-day thing and the fact it’s also affected him at the plate, Lowrie is acceding to the inevitable.
“I can go out and keep doing this over the course of the next six weeks, but it’s going to catch up to us,” Lowrie said. “And playing every day is just not possible. I’ve done everything I can to try to stay and play because I want to be a part of this team and help this team win. But it’s just not going to get better.”
Lowrie sustained a hairline fracture at the top of his right index finger on Aug. 4 when he took a grounder off the fingertip against the Tampa Bay Rays. Since being injured, Lowrie has missed four games and is just 2-for-15 with four strikeouts in the five games he has appeared (one as a pinch-hitter).
A free agent at season’s end, Lowrie is hitting just .238/.317/.354 this season in 110 games, with 54 runs, 28 doubles, five homers and 42 RBI.
Last year, he hit .290/.344/.446 in 154 games with 80 runs, 45 doubles, 15 homers and 75 RBI after coming over from the Houston Astros in a trade just before spring training.
According to the report, the A’s are expected to recall infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento. He’s played five games for Oakland this season and is 3-for-12 with two doubles and an RBI.
Oakland leads the Los Angeles Angels by 2½ games in the American League West and at 73-47 has the best record in baseball.