HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will head to Triple-A Oklahoma City on a Minor League assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll fly with the Astros to Miami on Thursday and be activated in time for Friday's game against the Marlins.
Lowrie, who began the season the disabled list with a sprained right thumb, will get two or three at-bats Tuesday and then is scheduled to play nine innings Wednesday. The RedHawks are scheduled to face a pair of right-handed starters, so Lowrie will get some swings from the left side of the plate.
"I think it makes sense," Lowrie said. "It's about 12 days since I've played, but it feels good. Once it gets to the point I can play and it feels strong, it's going to be managing it from that point. That just comes with the season."
Lowrie, acquired by the Astros in December to be their starting shortstop, sprained his right thumb with about a week remaining in spring camp and hasn't played since. He's progressed enough to take batting practice on the field with no problems.
"I feel good and I've said from the beginning, I want to continue to take steps moving forward and so far that's happened," he said.
The Astros will have to make another roster move by Friday to clear a spot for Lowrie.