The bane of Jed Lowrie's value has always been his injury woes, and unfortunately 2016 was no different. The veteran infielder was set to take hold of the starting role at second base for Oakland following an offseason trade, but he landed on the disabled list in May after fouling a ball off his lower leg. The injury bug bit again over the summer, as he dealt with left foot pain for many of the games following the All-Star break and eventually opted to undergo season-ending surgery on his left foot in August. Due to all of this, the switch-hitter appeared in roughly half the games last season, batting a middling .263 and posting a horrific .059 ISO, his first time ever putting up an ISO below .100. Lowrie's defensive versatility will likely help him maintain a decent role going forward, but with the Athletics' focus on giving their younger infielders more playing time, he could be demoted to a part-time utility role if he continues to regress.
Lowrie went 3-for-4 with two runs in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mariners. The veteran infielder has now gone 6-for-12 with two doubles and four runs over his last three games. Lowrie's current three-game hitting streak follows a brief 0-for-6 stretch that encompassed a pair of outings, and he's now reached safely in nine consecutive games.
Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Mariners. The veteran infielder had been mired in somewhat of a slump, as he'd gone just 2-for-14 over the previous four games. Thursday's two-bagger was his first extra-base hit since April 13 and he crossed the plate for the first time since April 8 when he scored on Ryan Healy's first-inning single. Despite the recent difficulties at the plate, Lowrie looks healthy and is enjoying a solid April overall, slashing .264/.355/.396 with five extra-base hits (four doubles, one home run) and four RBI over 53 at-bats.
Lowrie is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest with the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lowrie has only sat out one other game this season, but after going hitless in the past two, he'll head to the bench for a day off. Chad Pinder will pick up a start at the keystone in his stead.
Lowrie went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBI in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Royals. The 32-year-old had slowed down a bit after collecting five hits in the first two games of the season, but Lowrie came through with a bases-loaded double Wednesday that helped quadruple his RBI total on the season. He'll need to keep producing if he wants to keep Franklin Barreto in the minors, however.
Lowrie went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Rangers. The veteran infielder had proclaimed that he was fully healthy for the first time in years during spring, and he's clearly exceeded expectations thus far in the regular season. The 32-year-old has three multi-hit efforts to his credit over the first six games, and his eighth-inning double Saturday gave the A's some valuable breathing room at the time by extending their narrow lead to 3-1. If Lowrie can approximate the solid .290/.344/.446 line he posted in his initial season in Oakland in 2013, he'll provide the A's with a much-needed offensive boost in the latter half of the order.
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