Don’t call it a comeback – Jed Lowrie is where he should have been all along.
Lowrie, one of the longest longshots on the Oakland A’s roster, has proven himself once again. Not only is he healthy, but his ability both with the bat and glove are still there. It has been an impressive spring for Lowrie, and one that has resulted in his being a part of the A’s Opening Day roster.
Jed Lowrie continues improbable return with Oakland A’s
No one could have expected anything from Lowrie when he signed a minor league contract to return to Oakland. He had just eight major league plate appearances in the past two seasons, his entire time with the Mets an injury riddled disaster.
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If Lowrie was to make an impact on the A’s this season, it was expected to be at some point down the line. He did not even make his Cactus League debut until around the middle of March with a predictably slow start. A trek to the A’s alternate site was not out of the question, especially as he signed a minor league deal.
But then the bat came to life. Lowrie started to look like the player he had been during his previous stints in Oakland, driving the ball with authority and making the plays needed at second base. That position, which had been expected to be handled by the platoon of Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder, may now belong to Lowrie.
This really should not be that much of a surprise. There is something about the Oakland A’s that has brought out the best in Lowrie before. He has managed to remain healthy throughout his previous stints with the A’s, so it should not be much of a surprise that he looks right once again.
Jed Lowrie will be part of the Oakland A’s Opening Day roster. At this point, given his history with the team, no one should be surprised.