Lowrie: 'My knee feels 100 percent'

Lowrie: 'My knee feels 100 percent'

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is pleased with the progress of his right knee and was happy to be able to play back-to-back nine-inning games Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Louis without having any issues.

Lowrie was out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale at the recommendation of the training staff as the shortstop continues to build up strength in his legs after missing 52 games with an injury to his right ankle and leg. The Astros are taking it slow with Lowrie to make sure they don't jeopardize his health.

"My knee feels 100 percent," Lowrie said. "My knee feels great. I think it's a matter of getting into shape where I can play every day. That's something that, in my estimation and from what the doctors and the training staff have told me, is completely expected."

Lowrie continues to wear a brace on the knee, which is there to provide him comfort and support. By the time Spring Training rolls around next year, he'll be brace-free. The immediate goal for Lowrie is to be strong enough to play the final few games of the season without a day off.

"I'm still trying to get back into shape and hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I can play every day," he said.

Lowrie was having a solid first season with the Astros before he was injured July 14 in San Francisco. He's hit safely in five of the six games in which he's had an at-bat since returning from the disabled list and entered Friday hitting .252 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs.