KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A's shortstop Jed Lowrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a hairline fracture in the tip of his right index finger and hopes to heal in time for the final month of the season.
Even though he tried to play with the finger issue initially, Lowrie determined he was hurting the team and himself by attempting to play through it. He met with manager Bob Melvin on Wednesday night, and the two agreed on the course of action.
"I tried to play with it for 10 days, and the realization is that it's not going to get any better unless I take time off," Lowrie said. "There was no way I could continue to put the same velocity on throws. The finger just wouldn't allow it. I get this burning sensation the minute any pressure is put on it."
Lowrie has had to adjust the grip on his throws, severely scale back his pregame and between-innings infield work and also had to leave the finger off the bat while hitting.
Kansas City's Omar Infante beat out an infield grounder to Lowrie in Wednesday's 3-0 loss, and the A's shortstop believes he would have thrown out Infante had his finger been healthy.
"That's a play I make 10 times out of 10," said Lowrie, who has also languished at the plate since the injury, with just two hits in 15 at-bats.
Lowrie and the A's have been told that the fracture should heal with two to three weeks rest, and it was decided the D.L. was a better option than having Lowrie try to play through the injury the rest of the year.
"Here we are in the middle of August and if this thing's taken care of by Sept. 1 or shortly thereafter, you're still talking about a month of the season healthy," Melvin said. "Trying to play around it from here all the way to the end, this is probably the better outcome."
"It's the right choice, and one that focuses on the ultimate goal," Lowrie said. "It's not what I wanted to do, but it's ultimately the best thing."
The A's are already short-handed on middle infielders with Nick Punto on the D.L. with a hamstring strain. Andy Parrino was called up from Triple-A Sacramento for the short term. Long term, it's possible the A's could make a waiver deal for a shortstop, but the market is thin.
Lowrie said he'd return to the Bay Area and not accompany the team to Atlanta this weekend.