ANAHEIM – Jed Lowrie departed from Angel Stadium on Friday and was bound for Sacramento, where the shortstop will begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Saturday.
The plan is for Lowrie to play seven innings Saturday and nine Sunday to test his fractured right index finger, and then the team will evaluate whether he’s ready to come off the disabled list.
“He’s a key part of our club,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “A two-way shortstop, an everyday player for us, a switch hitter who’s a run producer. Certain guys you miss more so than others, and he’s one of those guys who’s an important cog for us, so it’ll be nice to get him back. Now, Andy Parrino has done a nice job for us. But Jed is the starting shortstop and a guy who when he’s not in the lineup, we miss.”
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Throwing is the main issue for Lowrie because the fracture is on his right hand. But he said his throwing has gotten stronger in recent days while going through fielding drills.
“It’s a two-fold thing,” Lowrie said of his rehab stint. “It’s a test to see how it feels in a game situation throwing, and the other reason is to go get at-bats. I think a couple days will be good to get an idea to see how (the finger) responds.”