Lowrie sprains thumb on dive into second

Lowrie sprains thumb on dive into second

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie suffered a sprained right thumb diving into second base in the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Marlins at Osceola County Stadium. It's unclear how long he'll be out of action.

Lowrie, who has been hampered by injuries in his career, led off the third inning with a single and was picked off on a throw from the pitcher. Lowrie dived back into the bag, but jammed his thumb into Marlins second baseman Omar Infante, who blocked the base as he reached for the throw.

"Hopefully it's ice it a couple of days and I'm back out there," Lowrie said. "I'm going to go with that until they tell me otherwise. It's stupid with five days left in Spring Training. I don't think there's any reason to block a base at any time, particularly at this time. I don't think he's trying to hurt me, but he's a middle infielder. Stupid injuries like this happen when you block bases. Hopefully it's nothing."

Infante said he wasn't intentionally blocking the base.

"I could see the throw was away, but I don't know what happened," Infante said. "I feel bad. I couldn't do anything [to avoid it]."

Lowrie acknowledged the throw took Infante up the line a little bit, but he was caught off-guard when he went back to the base and collided with the player.

"When you're expecting the base to be three feet further away and there's a body there instead, that's how things get jammed," Lowrie said.