Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Meet Your Astros - Jed Lowrie

Lowrie the new short stop for your Houston Astros was a 1st round pick by the Boston RedSox in 05 and has played in three different Minor League levels up until 08 when he got called up to the bigs after Mike Lowell was placed on the DL. He made his debut on April 15, driving home three runs in a 5–3 victory in Cleveland. He was a very good back up but because Mike Aviles has kicked Punto out of the starting spot at Short in Boston the RedSox had too many good players at one position. So on December 14, 2011 Lowrie was traded along with Kyle Welland for Astros reliever Mark Melancon.
Lowrie was about to head to an arbitration hearing, but he and the Astros agreed on a one year, $1.15 million deal with bonuses. Lowrie has a great feel for the game with average range and a solid glove along with a very strong arm, and from all i have seen has a great work ethic which will should translate to some of the couch potatoes on the team namely Mr. Lee. Now for the bad news Jed Lowrie as good a pick up as he might have been might start the season on the DL because of a strained right thumb he suffered in a rundown at second base. The Astros have said the injury may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to fully recover but depending on how much pain he can tolerate determines how fast he can get back on the field. In any case he will not be lost for the season and will be in the lineup soon and should help the Astros make this season better than last.

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