Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is going to begin his minor league rehab assignment today. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Lowrie, who will join the Astros Triple-A squad, is expected to be activated from Houston’s disabled list on Friday.
Before their season opener against the Colorado Rockies, the Astros placed Lowrie on their 15-day DL with a sprained right thumb. Lowrie sustained the injury during a March 28 spring training contest while diving back into second base.
Though Lowrie was unable to start the regular season with the Astros, they didn’t believe his stay on the DL would be an extended one. Lowrie also expected to return after the minimum stay, and it appears he will do just that after testing his thumb in the minors for a few games.
Whenever he eventually takes the field for the Astros, Lowrie will be making his debut with the club. Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Mark Melancon trade this offseason, Houston is hoping for big things out of the 27-year-old shortstop.
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