Astros hoping to get Lowrie back soon

Astros hoping to get Lowrie back soon

CINCINNATI -- The Astros are hoping they'll get to strengthen their depleted middle infield, as shortstop Jed Lowrie continues to progress on his rehab stint.

Lowrie, who has started 76 games at shortstop this season, has been out of the Astros' lineup since July 15 with a nerve injury in his right leg. He completed his first rehab appearance on Friday, going 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for Double-A Corpus Christi. He was sent to Class A Advanced Lancaster on Saturday upon Corpus Christi's elimination from the playoffs.

The 28-year-old switch-hitter came on to pinch-hit in the top of the third inning on Saturday, and remained in for the rest of the 12-inning game as the DH.

Lowrie again went 0-for-4 at the plate, but drove in two runs and scored another.

"I know Jed flew to Lancaster [on Saturday] and got a couple at-bats and a couple RBIs, so that's encouraging," said Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco. "They won the game, so hopefully he'll be in the field [on Sunday] for four or five innings."

DeFrancesco said the plan was originally to have Lowrie play the field on Saturday. It would be his first field action since his injury.