OAKLAND -- A's second baseman Jed Lowrie exited Sunday's 8-3 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum after the fifth inning with a left shin contusion.Lowrie was 0-for-1 with two walks in the series finale. He fouled a pitch off his shin in the fourth inning and grimaced in pain.
OAKLAND -- A's second baseman Jed Lowrie exited Sunday's 8-3 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum after the fifth inning with a left shin contusion.
Lowrie was 0-for-1 with two walks in the series finale. He fouled a pitch off his shin in the fourth inning and grimaced in pain. Lowrie grounded out to end the inning and then walked gingerly out to second base to play defense. He was taken out after the top of the fifth.
"It wasn't so much the pain, it was that it didn't loosen up," Lowrie said. "Usually, when you foul a ball off your shin, it takes a few minutes to loosen up and it just didn't. When I came back into the dugout, they were like, 'Let's go get some treatment.' Hopefully it responds well and we'll see how it feels tomorrow."
Lowrie received treatment after he left the game in the clubhouse, and he will be evaluated further ahead of the club's game in Anaheim against the Angels on Monday.
The A's put Mark Canha in left field in Lowrie's No. 3 hole, while Matt Joyce moved to right field and Chad Pinder to second base. Lowrie injured his right shin in May 2016 when he fouled a ball off of it in Boston, missing 14 games, but said the two aren't similar.
"That was completely different, because it was through the shin guard and a bone issue," Lowrie said. "This seems to be more of a soft tissue thing, and that's why it didn't loosen up."
After multiple injury-plagued seasons, Lowrie has remained healthy this season, appearing in 124 of Oakland's 130 games. He's been a steady presence in the lineup for the A's, batting .269 with 12 homers in 124 games.
Lowrie's two doubles on Saturday to bring his season total to 40, one behind Cleveland's Jose Ramirez for the Major League lead.
"He's a doubles machine, we've seen that here," manager Bob Melvin said of the switch-hitter on Saturday. "Right-handed, left-handed, his swing is tailored to the gaps. Obviously, he understands his swing really well. Just a good hitter."
With the A's trading away Yonder Alonso and Rajai Davis earlier this month, Lowrie is one of the few veteran position players left on the team. With a $6 million team option for 2018 that has a $1 million buyout, Lowrie could still be dealt, but rookies like Pinder have taken to him and value the leadership he brings to the young A's clubhouse.
"That guy is about as consistent as it comes," Pinder said. "Every single day, if he's 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, they're professional at-bats. He goes about his business in about as good a way as possible. For us young guys, to see that is invaluable. We learn a lot from him on a daily basis, that's for sure."
Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.