Earlier tonight, Greg Lucas of FSN Houston teased on twitter that he would have an update of the health of Jed Lowrie during the Astros pregame show. He provided that and word also got out on fellow Astro, Jason Castro‘s health status.
Lucas interviewed Lowrie and asked how he is doing. Lowrie stated that he is still working to get back to 100%. He has shed the ankle brace and said his ankle is basically back to normal. It looks to be mainly a knee and peroneal nerve issue at this point. There is still no timetable for Lowrie’s return but when pressed by Lucas for a timetable, Lowrie said the original time frame of 4-6 weeks still sounds about right although anything is possible. Since he was injured on July 14 and placed on the DL on July 15, we are right in the middle of that time frame. I still think we’d be lucky to have him back before the end of the month, but I’m just hoping for Jed’s sake that no surgery is involved and he can regain his pre-injury form. Lowrie was batting .253 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI’s before the injury sidelined him.
Jason Castro is currently on a rehab assignment, making his way back to the big league club. He played five innings on Sunday for AA Corpus Christi, going 1-for-1 with two walks. He is now en route to AAA Oklahoma City where he will catch at least seven innings in a handful of games and then move on to nine inning games at AAA before being activated from the DL. Castro was batting .254 with 2 home runs and 20 RBIs on the season before the injury. I have to admit that when I learned of his injury, like Lowrie, I feared the worst. I thought both would end up needing surgery. Luckily, that has not been the case.