Jed Lowrie will head to the disabled list after all, as a hairline fracture in his right index finger continues to hinder the A’s shortstop.
Lowrie indicated to reporters before Thursday’s game at Kansas City that he’ll join the 15-day DL with an eye toward returning in two to three weeks. The A’s don’t plan to make the roster move until after the series finale against the Royals, in case Lowrie is needed. With Nick Punto already on the DL with a strained hamstring, Oakland is down to two healthy middle infielders in Alberto Callaspo and Eric Sogard.
Lowrie originally suffered the injury when a grounder took a big hop and hit him on the tip of the finger Aug. 4 against Tampa Bay. He missed three games but returned to the lineup, and as recently as Tuesday, he said that he thought he could play through the injury.
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“It's not what I wanted to do, but I tried playing with it for 10 days and realized it's not going to get better,” Lowrie told the Bay Area News Group. “This needs to heal.”
Surgery does not appear to be in consideration right now. But the A’s are thin up the middle, as there’s still no indication of when Punto will return from his injury.
Andy Parrino, who is on the 40-man roster and has played five games for the A's this year, is a likely candidate to get called up and replace Lowrie.
Parrino, 28, has three hits -- two doubles -- in 12 major league at-bats this year and is hitting .274 with seven home runs in 103 Triple-A games this season.