A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie has a hairline fracture in his right index finger, manager Bob Melvin announced Tuesday.
Lowrie plans to play through the injury, but he’ll require extra time off to deal with it. He missed three games last week after a ground ball took a high hop and caught him on the tip of the finger against Tampa Bay. It affects him most when throwing. He’s not in Tuesday night’s lineup against Kansas City, with Eric Sogard starting at shortstop.
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Surgery does not appear to be in consideration right now. But with Nick Punto on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain, the A’s are down to three middle infielders, including Lowrie. Alberto Callaspo is starting at second base Tuesday.
The A’s appear to have no immediate plans to add another infielder to the 25-man roster, but that could change, obviously, depending on how regularly Lowrie is available.
He’s hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.