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Eric Thames exits game with hamstring tightness

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Brewers outfielder Eric Thames was pulled from Friday’s game against the Pirates after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring, per an official team announcement. Thames lasted two full innings on the field and went 0-for-1 against the Pirates’ Nick Kingham before conceding his spot in the lineup to pinch-hitter/right fielder Hernan Perez in the top of the third.

Thames, 31, is recently returned from his last trip to the disabled list, when he spent over six weeks recovering from surgery on his left thumb. While there’s been no word on the severity of his latest hamstring issue, the Brewers will likely take things slow with the outfielder until regular games resume after the All-Star Break.

Following Friday’s performance, Thames is batting a modest .250/.344/.556 with 13 home runs and five stolen bases through 183 plate appearances this year. He still has some big expectations to meet after posting a few career-best totals with the team in 2017, but will need to stay healthy for longer than a month before he can match or exceed them.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.