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.