Lowrie may begin rehab assignment this week

Lowrie may begin rehab assignment this week

PITTSBURGH -- The Astros are still hopeful Jed Lowrie will get back on the field at some point before the season is over, and interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said the club could send the shortstop to rehab at Double-A Corpus Christi by the end of the week.

The Hooks ended their season Monday, but Lowrie could join them for the Texas League playoffs before rejoining the Astros. Lowrie was having a solid first season before injuring his right leg July 14 in San Francisco, hitting .253 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. He hasn't played since.

"We're pleased with Jed," DeFrancesco said. "Jed took batting practice [Sunday] off me and was fielding some ground balls. We're hoping by mid-September we'll see him in some games up here. I know it's real positive with him. I think he's turned the page on his rehab and [head athletic trainer Nate Lucero] is trying to push him a little bit more. That's what will help us down the road."

Marwin Gonzalez, who took over at shortstop for Lowrie, is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle, but could return by season's end. Tyler Greene is now the starting shortstop.

Meanwhile, DeFrancesco said veteran relief pitcher Francisco Cordero had a setback in his rehab. The right-hander has been out since Aug. 2 with a toe injury, but he has also been experiencing some discomfort in his throwing shoulder.