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Rays call up Brandon Lowe

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The Rays promoted infield/outfield prospect Brandon Lowe from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, the team announced. In a corresponding move, Daniel Robertson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

It’s the first move to a major-league roster for 24-year-old Lowe, who placed no. 9 in the Rays’ system during MLB Pipeline’s midseason prospect rankings. He’s had a monster season so far, dominating at both the Double- and Triple-A level with a combined .297/.391/.558 batting line, 22 home runs and a .949 OPS through 445 plate appearances.

With Robertson sidelined for the next few weeks (and possibly the season, if surgery is recommended), Lowe figures to see some regular playing time in an infield that will also feature shortstop prospect Willy Adames. Adames, Tampa Bay’s no. 2 prospect in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A late last month and has slashed a modest .213/.263/.328 with six extra-base hits and a .591 OPS in 133 PA over the course of the season.

David Price exits start with flu-like symptoms

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Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”

Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.

Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.

Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.