Tampa Bay’s promising young rookie Brandon Lowe is done for the year, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Lowe strained his quad running to first base during a Triple-A rehab game last night. The 25-year old has been on the IL since early July due to a bone bruise from fouling a ball off of his right shin.
The second baseman will finish his season with a slash line of .276/.339/.523, slugging 16 home runs and 49 RBIs. Lowe was named a replacement for the All-Star Game on the day of the first injury occurred, giving this season an even more tragic spin for him.
The severity of the strain is currently unknown and how it will play into the Rays’ offseason strategy for the young star.
Tampa Bay is currently sitting at 74-54, tied with the Athletics for the American League’s second wild-card shot. Not getting Lowe’s bat back for a potential playoff run is certainly a moral and roster blow to the Rays.