PITTSBURGH -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie is close to being ready for game action, but he doesn't have a timetable. Lowrie, out since July 15 with an ankle injury and a nerve injury in his right leg, is taking batting practice, running and able to do side-to-side drills.
"Hopefully soon," Lowrie said. "I guess I don't know an exact date, but what I can say is I'm taking batting practice on the field for a couple of days now and doing a lot of running, and hopefully get into some base running and test it running around the curves in more game-like situations.
"I think everything is progressing really well. I just want to continue to take steps forward and balance getting back as quickly as I can with making sure that I'm not out there thinking about it."
On Monday, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said Lowrie could be sent on a rehab stint to Double-A Corpus Christi, which opens the Texas League playoffs on Wednesday against Frisco.
"I've heard rumblings about that, and that would be awesome to get down there and play for a few games and get a few at-bats and come back up and hopefully help the team down the stretch," Lowrie said.
Lowrie sounded intrigued by the idea of playing for the Hooks while they're in the playoffs. Ben Orloff is Corpus Christi's starting shortstop.
"I would go down there and do what I can to help," he said. "Those guys have earned that playoff spot, so I'll go down there and try to get my work in and contribute and try not to ruin their plans."