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Rays place Robertson on DL, call up Lowe

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed second baseman Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a left thumb sprain and selected infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe, the club's No. 9 prospect, from Triple-A Durham.

"I'm supposed to see a hand specialist [Sunday], Dr. Doug Carlan," Robertson said. "And we'll go from there as far as surgery, if, when. And then I'll have more info. ... I think I'll be out for a while."

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ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed second baseman Daniel Robertson on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a left thumb sprain and selected infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe, the club's No. 9 prospect, from Triple-A Durham.

"I'm supposed to see a hand specialist [Sunday], Dr. Doug Carlan," Robertson said. "And we'll go from there as far as surgery, if, when. And then I'll have more info. ... I think I'll be out for a while."

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Robertson sustained his injury while making a hard, headfirst slide into second base on an eighth-inning double in the Rays' 3-2 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Despite exhibiting pain, Robertson remained in the game and scored when Joey Wendle laced an RBI single past third and into left field during the ensuing at-bat. Robertson was pulled from the game ahead of the top of the ninth.

Over 87 games this year, Robertson is hitting .262/.382/.415 across 282 at-bats.

Lowe is hitting .304/.380/.613 in 46 games since being promoted to Triple-A on June 8.

"Hopefully [Lowe will continue] doing what he's been doing in Triple-A," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's really come on strong. He's played good defense in left field. He's played good defense at second. And he's really hit."

Lowe has 22 home runs in 380 Minor League at-bats this season.

"Impressive," said Cash when asked about the home runs. "Doesn't matter where they're coming from, whether it's Double-A, Triple-A or the big leagues. Impacting the baseball like that, it's tough not to be noticed."

Cash told reporters Lowe will likely play left field on Sunday.

"I'm just hoping to put together good at-bats and do what I can to help the team win," Lowe said.

Saturday's roster moves mark another shuffle to the Rays' middle infield. On Wednesday, the club designated starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to clear the role for top prospect Willy Adames.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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