The A’s activated shortstop Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and Lowrie is in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners.
“Nobody wants to miss time, especially with a silly little injury from a bad hop,” Lowrie said before the game. “We’re at the point where it’s all hands on deck. You just go out there and do whatever you can to help the team win.”
Lowrie had been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a fractured right index finger. He’s batting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 110 games, but was hitting .285 over his final 36 before getting hurt.
Lowrie said it was difficult missing so much time. However, he is grateful that he now is healthy enough to contribute down the stretch.
“It wasn’t sustainable,” Lowrie said of him playing hurt. “I could have been selfish and gone out there and played games just to play games. It got to the point where I wasn’t helping the team, I wasn’t helping myself and so you have to think in terms of the guys around you.”
Lowrie said it became evident that he needed to shut it down when he wasn’t able to throw out Omar Infante on slow roller during a game against the Kansas City Royals last month.
That’s a play he makes every time out of 100 chances, Lowrie said. Hence, it was time to be prudent.
“I couldn’t put enough on the ball to throw him out,” Lowrie said. “That cost (Scott) Kazmir runs. That was kind of the realization that everybody has, like this is bad, we need to give it some time to get better.”
In other news, the A’s promoted three players from Triple-A Sacramento — right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, outfielder Billy Burns and catcher Bryan Anderson.
Anderson was acquired Aug. 24 from Cincinnati in a minor league deal. He is batting .324 combined in 78 games with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.
Burns begins his second stint with the A’s this season, playing three games in late July. Rodriguez is also in his second go-round this year with Oakland, earning a win in six relief appearances with a 1.13 ERA during a May 9-31 stint with the A’s.
– Manager Bob Melvin said lead-off hitter and centerfielder Coco Crisp is going to work on batting right-handed today and that he likely will get some injections in his sore neck Tuesday. His return to the lineup is uncertain.
– John Jaso is expected to take batting practice in the next day or two, Melvin said.
– Closer Sean Doolittle might return from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible to do so, next week, Melvin said.