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 a run-scoring infield single and two runs in Thursday's 12-5 Cactus League victory over the Reds. The veteran infielder boosted his average to .357 after having come in to Thursday's game with just two hits in 10 spring at-bats. Lowrie appears to be fully recovered from August toe surgery and will look to improve on a so-so 2016 in which he slashed .263/.314/.322 with just two home runs and 27 RBI over 369 plate appearances, along with his fewest extra-base hits (15), round-trippers and slugging percentage since the 2009 season.
Lowrie (toe) reported to camp fully healthy, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. He has been running with no issues for months and is ready for spring action after undergoing toe surgery in August. He also underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum back in September and says he is sleeping well for the first time in nine years. Lowrie will be Oakland's starting second baseman this year, but has not been an above average hitter since 2013 (120 wRC+).
Lowrie (toe) will be eased into action this spring, but will be Oakland's starting second baseman if healthy at the start of the season, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports. He underwent toe surgery in September for a deviated septum, but the medical reports are good so far this offseason. Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle linger as younger, less proven options at the keystone if Lowrie is not ready for everyday duty by Opening Day. Lowrie has not performed as a league average hitter since 2013, so he will need to perform well early on in his age-33 season if he does not want to be passed on the depth chart.
Lowrie (toe) underwent surgery in September for a deviated septum, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lowrie had already had season-ending foot surgery in August, but this issue -- which he indicated he'd had for the past decade -- was also addressed. The 32-year-old is apparently ahead of schedule in his recovery from the first surgery, as he's slated to leave behind his walking boot and is hoping to resume baseball activities in November with an eye toward being fully healthy by the start of spring training.
Lowrie (toe) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Wednesday. He has already undergone season-ending surgery to remove a bunion on his left foot. This move allows the A's to add shortstop prospect Chad Pinder to the 40-man roster, as he will be needed to man the six spot when Marcus Semien is placed on paternity leave later this week.