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Athletics injury update: Jed Lowrie expected to be activated September 1.

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The Oakland Athletics expect Jed Lowrie to be re-activated for the team's game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, September 1, in a story first reported by the San Francisco Chroncile's Susan Slusser.

Lowrie will begin a brief rehabilitation assignment with the Sacramento River Cats on August 30. The shortstop has been on the disabled list since August 14 with a fractured right index finger that made it painful for him to grip the ball and field it.

Lowrie's relatively impressive offensive production on both sides of the plate has been sorely missed by this A's team, especially against left-handed pitchers:

Middle Infielders vs. LHP, 2014 (thru Aug. 28)
Player Batting PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jed Lowrie Right 126 .234 .296 .351 .647
Nick Punto Right 102 .247 .314 .323 .637
Alberto Callaspo Right 146 .205 .274 .258 .532
Andy Parrino Right 19 .118 .211 .235 .446
Eric Sogard Left 38 .125 .222 .125 .347

Lowrie adds depth against right-handed pitchers as well:

Middle Infielders vs. RHP, 2014 (thru Aug. 28)
Player Batting PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jed Lowrie Left* 339 .240 .325 .355 .680
Alberto Callaspo Left* 267 .256 .318 .336 .654
Andy Parrino Left 24 .190 .250 .381 .631
Eric Sogard Left 226 .234 .320 .299 .619
Nick Punto Left 102 .163 .287 .233 .520
* A few PAs batting right-handed against knuckleballers

The A's previously had been scheduled to face left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias on September 1, however:

Chris Young pitches right-handed. The timing of Jed Lowrie's activation will technically allow Andy Parrino to be postseason-eligible without using an injury replacement, though it is doubtful he will be considered for the postseason roster with Lowrie's return.