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Joshua Lowe came into the 2023 draft season surrounded with the usual uncertain playing time which clouds outlooks of Tampa Bay players but finished the season as the 12th-best fantasy outfielder. We knew Lowe could steal bags as he swiped them at an 88% success rate dating back to 2019 and at a 96% rate (54 of 56) over the previous two seasons heading into 2023. Lowe not only made the opening day roster, but he went 32 of 35 stealing bases while throwing in 20 homers and a solid .292 batting average. Lowe's overall numbers took a hit in July when he went through a massive slump which saw him hit .197 with a 34% strikeout rate and we later learned he and his family were dealing with some unfortunate medical news regarding his mom's health. Lowe rebounded nicely to finish the season and should find himself in the upper half of the lineup on a more regular basis in 2024 to take full advantage of his baserunning acumen.

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2023 4183.1 71 20 83 31 32 .292
2022 881.7 24 2 13 15 3 .221
3y Avg. 169.52.7 32 7 32 16 12 .273
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Plays nine innings in rehab game

    Lowe (oblique) played nine innings in center field and went 0-for-3 with a walk during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Friday. Lowe was originally set to begin his rehab assignment Thursday, but the game was rained out. Perhaps most notable about his initial appearance was his defensive position, as he's primarily played right field in the majors. However, with Jose Siri struggling early, the team could opt to replace him with Lowe and rely on a combination of Richie Palacios and Amed Rosario in right field.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Beginning rehab stint Thursday

    Lowe (oblique) is slated to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Best of all, Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Lowe might not need too much time at Triple-A given how well he's been feeling. Lowe has been playing in games at extended spring training, and it sounds like he's moved past the Grade 1 right oblique strain that shelved him to begin the season. A return before the end of April would seem to be back on the table for Lowe, who hit 20 homers and stole 32 bases in a breakout 2023 campaign.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Closing in on rehab assignment

    Lowe (oblique) will play in two more extended spring training games in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Monday and Tuesday, and if all goes well, he could soon be sent to Triple-A Durham on a rehab assignment, MLB.com reports. Lowe was limited to only two Grapefruit League games; first the outfielder was shelved with left hip inflammation, and then he suffered a Grade 1 right oblique strain just as he was nearing his return. With that, he is expected to need something close to a full spring training's worth of at-bats during his rehab assignment, which likely pushes his 2024 debut to early May. Lowe broke out last season at the age of 25, batting .292 with 20 homers and 32 steals, and he will be a lineup fixture for Tampa Bay upon his return.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Hits IL, will miss beyond 10 days

    The Rays placed Lowe (oblique) on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Though Lowe is dealing with a Grade 1 right oblique strain -- the most mild degree of strain -- he has yet to resume baseball activities since suffering the injury in mid-March and is on track to miss more than the minimum 10 days. According to MLB.com, Lowe will essentially need to complete a full spring training progression once he's cleared for activities, so at this stage, he's likely tracking for a late-April or early-May return. While Lowe is on the shelf to open the season, Richie Palacios, Harold Ramirez and Amed Rosario could all be in store for extra playing time in the corner outfield or at designated hitter.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Out with oblique injury

    Lowe (hip) will begin the season on the injured list after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 right oblique strain Sunday, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 26-year-old was poised to return to the lineup for Sunday's Grapefruit League game against Pittsburgh after missing the first half of March with left hip inflammation, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, but the oblique issue will instead keep him sidelined. It's unclear when Lowe may be able to return, but he'll likely require a ramp-up period once healthy since he's played in just two games during spring training.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Close to resuming activities

    Lowe (hip) will be re-evaluated Tuesday and could resume baseball activities within the next couple days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe has been shut down for the last few days with left hip inflammation but appears to be making nice progress. More will be known about his outlook in the coming days, but Lowe remains confident that he will be available for the Rays on Opening Day.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Shut down with hip inflammation

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Lowe has been shut down from baseball activities for the next six days due to left hip inflammation, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. While Lowe could be cleared to resume activities next week once the shutdown period ends, Topkin suggests that the outfielder won't immediately be rushed back into games and may not re-enter the Grapefruit League lineup for the next 10-to-15 days. So long as Lowe is playing again by mid-March, his availability for Opening Day shouldn't be in much peril, but any setback along the way would put the 26-year-old at risk of a stint on the injured list.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Enters lineup for Game 2

    Lowe is starting in right field and batting cleanup Wednesday in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Rangers. Lowe was not in the lineup for Game 1, although he did come off the bench to draw a walk as a pinch hitter. He'll not only enter the batting order for Game 2 but do so as the cleanup hitter, pushing Manuel Margot over to center field and Jose Siri to the bench.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Absent from Game 1 lineup

    Lowe is not in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Rangers. Lowe often doesn't start versus left-handers, and he will begin this one on the bench as Texas throws southpaw Jordan Montgomery. Manuel Margot will be in right field for Tampa Bay.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Sitting versus lefty

    Lowe is not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays. Randy Arozarena, Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez will start across the outfield as the Rays roll with an all-righty lineup versus Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. The lefty-swinging Lowe has slashed just .220/.270/.390 in 63 plate appearances this year against southpaws.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Sitting again vs. lefty

    Lowe is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Angels. It's the second straight game on the bench for Lowe since the Angels are starting another lefty in Reid Detmers. Harold Ramirez will start in right field while Manuel Margot handles center.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Out versus left-hander

    Lowe is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He'll begin this one on the bench with the Angels starting lefty Patrick Sandoval. Harold Ramirez will handle right field duties for the Rays in this one.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Enters lineup

    Lowe was added to the Rays' lineup Saturday against the Orioles and will hit fourth while playing right field, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports. Lowe was originally out of the lineup, but Luke Raley (undisclosed) was scratched after suffering an undisclosed injury. Lowe has only two hits across his last 15 at-bats, though he has only an 18.8 percent strikeout rate in that span.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Getting rest day

    Lowe is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lowe had been in the lineup for nine consecutive games, so this is likely just a routine day off. Jonathan Aranda enters the lineup as the designated hitter and will bat seventh.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Tallies three hits

    Lowe went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Mariners. Lowe played a key role in Tampa Bay's victory and continued his surge to close the season. Since the All-Star break, he's maintained a 21.7 percent strikeout while recording six homers, 23 runs scored, 25 RBI and nine stolen bases across 161 plate appearances. Lowe still sits against the majority of left-handed pitchers -- cutting into his count stat upside -- but he's taken a significant step forward in skills this season.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Homers in three-hit effort

    Lowe went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and an additional scored in Tuesday's win over the Marlins. The multi-hit effort was Lowe's sixth in his last 11 games. The 25-year-old has posted a .400/.429/.750 slash line with four home runs, 12 RBI, eight runs and a steal across 42 plate appearances during the hot stretch.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Swipes bag No. 25

    Lowe went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Rockies. His 25th pilfer of the season came on the back half of a double steal with Jose Siri in the ninth inning, helping to rattle Colorado closer Justin Lawrence and fuel a game-tying, two-run rally. Lowe has produced multiple hits in four of his last five starts, boosting his slash line in August to .339/.383/.536 with two homers, three steals, 10 runs and 10 RBI in 16 contests.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: On bench versus lefty

    Lowe is not in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Rockies. Lowe is not in the starting lineup with lefty Ty Blach taking the mound for the Rockies. Luke Raley will move to right field with Harold Ramirez entering the lineup as the designated hitter and batting third.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Homers Wednesday

    Lowe went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants. Lowe's fourth-inning homer off Ross Stripling was his 15th of the year, though just his second in his last 21 games. While he's cooled off in the power department, Lowe's tallied at least one hit in 10 of his last 13 games, going 14-for-47 (.298) in that span. Overall, the 25-year-old outfielder's slashing .272/.315/.482 with 59 RBI, 49 runs scored and 24 steals across 362 plate appearances this season.
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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: On bench versus lefty

    Lowe is out of the lineup Thursday versus the Cardinals. Manuel Margot will start in right field and bat eighth as the Rays face off against left-hander Matthew Liberatore. Lowe has slashed .200/.273/.333 in limited action versus southpaws this year.
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