Jed Lowrie Dealing With Nerve Problem

Jed Lowrie is on the DL with an ankle sprain, but more significant is a nerve issue that will keep him sidelined for a while.

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Jed Lowrie Out Roughly 4-6 Weeks

Jed Lowrie has been the leading hitter on the Houston Astros, which is only kind of damning with faint praise. He owns a 116 OPS+ and a team-leading 14 home runs. However, over the weekend, he was spiked in the ankle by a baserunner. Lowrie was placed on the disabled list with an ankle sprain, but the bigger problem is more significant than that. I'll explain by letting someone else explain:

This is an unusual injury for Lowrie and the Astros, so where most timetables are based on long histories, this one might be a little more of a guess. An educated guess, but a guess nevertheless. Marwin Gonzalez has started at shortstop since Lowrie went down, and it's probably enough to say that Marwin Gonzalez isn't Jed Lowrie. That's why Marwin Gonzalez was behind Jed Lowrie on the depth chart.

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Jed Lowrie Injury Update: Astros Shortstop Placed On Disabled List With Ankle Sprain

Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list Sunday before the Houston Astros' game against the San Francisco Giants. The shortstop was reportedly diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and damage to the peroneal nerve, which runs up the lower leg.

Lowrie was forced to leave Saturday's game after getting spiked in the ankle by a sliding Gregor Blanco at second base. Lowrie was reaching for a throw, but let the ball get away as he hopped on one foot then fell to his hands and knees in pain.

The length of the stint has not been announced. The injury-riddled Astros also placed Jason Castro on the DL with soreness in his right knee. The team has brought back Marwin Gonzalez from a rehab assignment and purchased the contract to catcher Carlos Corporan in corresponding roster moves.

For more on Lowrie and the Astros, visit The Crawfish Boxes and SB Nation Houston.

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