Jed Lowrie remains on track for All-Star debut, targeting Sunday return to lineup

2nd baseman exited Friday night’s loss after collision with Piscotty

Karl Buscheck
July 14, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Jed Lowrie was slow to get up following his scary collision with a Stephen Piscotty in the third inning of Friday night’s 7-1 loss to the Giants.

With Piscotty barrelling in and Lowrie ranging out, it was the kind of play that could have resulted in serious injury for the second baseman. Fortunately for the A’s and Lowrie — who’s set to make his All-Star debut on Tuesday — it didn’t.

While Lowrie is out of the lineup Saturday with a left knee contusion, manager Bob Melvin aims to have him available off the bench and back starting on Sunday.

“Leaving last night, I was a little concerned about where we were going to be with him over the next couple of days," Melvin said before Saturday's game. "But it didn’t get worse from how he was feeling yesterday.”

Melvin said that, for now, he has no hesitation about Lowrie joining up with the AL All-Star squad when the Bay Bridge Series concludes.

“We’re hoping he starts tomorrow and he’s hoping he starts tomorrow,” Melvin said. “So, I feel better about where we are today. And if I can use him off the bench today, I think I’m pretty confident hell start tomorrow.”

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