The Rays removed Lowe from their 28-man roster for their American League Division Series with the Yankees that begins Monday in San Diego, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Lowe still retains a spot in the Rays' 40-man player pool for the postseason, so he could be a candidate to return to the active roster for the ALCS, should Tampa Bay advance past the Yankees. During the Rays' wild-card series win over the Blue Jays, Lowe went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Tampa Bay's Game 1 victory before sitting out Game 2. He'll be replaced on the ALDS roster by Austin Meadows (oblique), who appears to be nearing a return to game action.
Lowe is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 2 of the Rays' wild-card series with the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. After finishing the regular season as the Rays' primary option at first base, Lowe started at the position Tuesday in Game 1, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. With a southpaw (Hyun-Jin Ryu) on the mound for Toronto in Game 2, the lefty-hitting Lowe will cede his spot in the lineup to Mike Brosseau. Lowe won't necessarily be a lock to make regular starts against right-handed pitching during the postseason, however, as the Rays recently welcomed back another challenger for strong-side platoon duties at first base in Ji-Man Choi (hamstring).
Lowe went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 2-1 win over the Mets. Lowe scored in the second inning on a Manuel Margot sacrifice fly before taking Jacob deGrom deep with a solo blast in the fourth. The lefty slugger bumped his season OPS up to .913 with four homers this season.
Lowe went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two runs during a win over the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday. Lowe's fifth-inning hit was a big one, as it snapped a 6-6 tie and ignited a four-run rally for the Rays in the seven-inning contest. The 25-year-old has been seeing regular playing time at first base in the absence of Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) and making good use of it, hitting .409 (9-for-22) with a double, three home runs, nine RBI, four walks, one steal and seven runs over his last seven games.
Lowe is starting at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday against the Nationals, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Lowe had hit sixth or seventh in four straight starts, but after hitting .429 with three home runs over that stretch, the Rays will bump him up a couple spots in the lineup. He should continue to hit in a run-producing spot over the rest of the season with Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) likely done for the year.
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