The Tampa Bay Rays had been expecting All-Star infielder Brandon Lowe to possibly return as early as next week. Instead, they got bad news Thursday.
An MRI revealed Lowe has a strained left quadriceps, and he will miss the rest of the season.
“He’s done for the year,” manager Kevin Cash said (via TampaBay.com). “I think that’s the best way to say it. And if he comes back early, great.”
Lowe suffered the injury Wednesday as he ran out an infield grounder during a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham. He has not played for the Rays since July 2, when he fouled a ball off his right leg, resulting in a severe bone bruise. Still, the 25-year-old rookie did enough in his first three months (16 home runs, .862 OPS) to make the All-Star team.
“The whole season, basically from (July 2), has kind of become a disappointment,” Cash said. “He did everything we could ask in the first half for us. Very deserving of being on the All-Star team.
“Unfortunately, the shin injury comes out and now this as he’s getting closer. Just not ideal. We’re equipped with some guys that certainly can come in and continue to fill that void. We’ve been doing it, but we’re going to miss him.”
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Lowe's loss is just the latest bad news for the Rays on the injury front. The team has already dealt with extended absences from starters Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Yonny Chirinos. Still, the Rays, chasing their first playoff berth since 2013, entered Friday holding an AL wild-card spot and trailing the Yankees by eight games in the AL East.