Jed Lowrie getting closer to returning to action

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics plays second base during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Athletics defeated the Mariners 7-3. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics plays second base during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Athletics defeated the Mariners 7-3. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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The Oakland A’s decision to sign Jed Lowrie was an easy one to make. He had been a productive player when he was able to get on the diamond, although those days had been few and far between of late. For the price of a minor league contract, Lowrie was the perfect lottery ticket, someone who could easily surpass expectations should he stay on the field.

The A’s are getting closer to seeing what they have with Lowrie. He is slowly getting closer to playing in spring training, although a timetable has not been determined.

Jed Lowrie slowly getting closer

It is understandable that the A’s are being cautious. Lowrie had appeared in a total of nine games during the past two seasons as the Mets often seemed befuddled by his continual injury woes. The A’s want to be certain that he is completely healthy before giving him a look in a spring training game.

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Just the fact that Lowrie is playing in simulated games is somewhat impressive. His knee woes, as well as other assorted injuries, had torpedoed not just the past two seasons, but a large chunk of his career. In fact, the only times that Lowrie has ever appeared in over 100 games in a season came during his time with the A’s.

The former All Star has been a solid enough player when he has been healthy. Lowrie has posted a career .261/.335/.413 batting line in exactly 4500 plate appearances, hitting 104 homers and 259 doubles. He has also had his moments of being a solid defensive player, saving seven runs at second in 2018.

It remains to be seen if Lowrie has anything left in the tank. He will be 37 years old at the start of the season, and has missed the vast majority of the past two seasons. However, if he can stay healthy and shows that time has not eroded his skills, Lowrie could be a factor for the A’s at second base once again.

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The Oakland A’s are being cautious with Jed Lowrie. While they do not have a timetable for his return, the oft-injured infielder is getting closer.

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