Jed Lowrie leaves Astros to have MRI on injured thumb

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Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie left the team in San Diego and flew back to Houston to undergo an MRI exam on his injured right thumb.

Lowrie suffered the injury Monday night while sliding into home plate during the Astros’ win over the Padres. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that “the thumb was sore and swollen” after the game.

Returning to Houston as a free agent on a three-year, $23 million contract, Lowrie is off to a very strong start by hitting .300 with four homers, four doubles, 12 walks, and a .999 OPS through 18 games.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.