Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe was on track to return to the team after recently beginning a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, working his way back from a right shin contusion suffered in early July. Unfortunately, he suffered a new injury — a strained left quad — and will miss the remainder of the season, MLB.com’s Zachary Silver reports.
Lowe, 25, had a breakout first half for the Rays, which earned him an All-Star nomination. Through 76 games, he hit .276/.339/.523 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI across 307 plate appearances. While Lowe mostly played second base, he also spent a little bit of time in the outfield corners as well as first base.
Eric Sogard and Michael Brosseau have been splitting time at second base in Lowe’s absence. The 74-54 Rays are nine games out of first place in the AL East but are very much in the mix for the Wild Card, currently tied with the Athletics for the second slot, a half-game behind the Indians for the first slot.
The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.
Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.
Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.