Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 2 Hrs

Lowrie (finger) was activated from the disabled list Monday and is in the lineup against the Mariners.

Lowrie was expected to rejoin the Athletics when the rosters expanded, and that is the case. He was able to play a full game Sunday, but was held off the roster for until September. Lowrie will man his usual spot at shortstop Monday and bat sixth for the Athletics.

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The A's plan to activate Lowrie on Monday before their game against the Mariners.

Lowrie was able to play a full game on Sunday. As bad as his season has been, he's better than their alternatives at shortstop. "He's a key part of our club, a two-way shortstop guy that's an everyday player for us, a switch-hitter who's a run producer," said manager Bob Melvin. "You've seen that over the last couple of years. So there are certain guys that you miss more so than others, he is one of those guys that's an important cog for us, so it'll be nice to get him back."

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 3 Days

Lowrie (finger) was sent to Triple-A Sacramento on a rehab assignment Friday and may return Tuesday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Lowrie was place on the disabled list Aug. 15 with the injury, but appears to be on track for a Tuesday return when the rosters expand. He should take back his spot as the everyday starter when he returns.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 4 Days

Lowrie (finger) took his first on-field batting practice since landing on the DL with a finger injury, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

Lowrie's progress is certainly encouraging, and if the session goes well, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as early as Saturday. There remains a chance that he could return to provide fantasy owners with nearly a month of consistent playing time, as the As continue to fight for a division title.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 5 Days

Lowrie (finger) could head out on a rehab assignment this weekend, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

With Lowrie's finger holding up to two-handed swings in the cages, the A's will return the 30-year-old to on-field batting practice Thursday. If all goes well, there's a chance Lowrie could begin a rehab assignment this weekend, with a return to the big club for Monday's series opener against Seattle at least within the realm of possibility.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 5 Days

Lowrie (finger) is slated to take batting practice Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lowrie progressed to taking two-handed swings in the cages Wednesday, and will take what figures to be his final step before embarking on a rehab assignment Thursday with on-field batting practice. Still just a couple weeks removed from suffering a hairline fracture to his finger, Lowrie threw Tuesday and it reportedly went "fairly well." Barring a setback, he will likely return to the A's when rosters expand or shortly thereafter.

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Lowrie (finger) is slated to play catch Tuesday, and if all goes well, he may embark upon rehab games later this week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lowrie has reported improvement in his fractured right index finger of late, but playing catch would mark one of the final hurdles to surpass before a return to the bigs is considered. His presence on the Athletics would be a welcome addition over the unpalatable offensive options, Eric Sogard and Andy Parrino, that have been utilized at shortstop during Lowrie's absence.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 8 Days

Lowrie (finger) hopes to begin throwing in a few days, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lowrie has reported some improvement in his fractured finger over the last couple of days, potentially signaling that a return from the DL may not be far off. The Athletics have inquired about trading for the Rays' Yunel Escobar before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline, but if Lowrie exhibits notable improvement in the next day or two, the team may not need to make another acquisition to stabilize the middle infield.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 9 Days

Lowrie (finger) was taking grounders before Saturday's game, but is still not making throws, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

He'll be eligible to come off the DL at the end of the month, but the fact that he still can't throw the ball suggests that might be a long shot. In the meantime, Andy Parrino and Eric Sogard will continue to split time at shortstop, but neither is much of a fantasy option.

Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 17 Days

Lowrie (finger) was officially placed on the 15-day DL Friday.

This was the expectation all along, as Lowrie has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his finger. Despite playing through the injury of late, it's now expected to cost the shortstop two-to-three weeks of action. Infielder Andy Parrino was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place on the 25-man roster.