Jed Lowrie out 4-6 weeks with nerve issue in right leg

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Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list this weekend because of a sprained right ankle. That should heal within the next 15 days, but the 28-year-old shortstop has another injury that will not.

According to beat writer Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Tuesday evening that Lowrie has been diagnosed with a nerve issue in his right leg. He’ll be in a boot for a week and won’t return to Houston’s starting lineup for at least a month.

Lowrie has posted a respectable .253/.343/.456 batting line with 14 home runs and 36 RBI in 80 games played this season. The Astros entered play Tuesday evening with a 34-56 record, ranking dead-last in the six-team National League Central.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.