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Lowrie agreed to a three-year deal with the Astros on Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Lowrie didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Athletics earlier in the offseason and hence became a free agent. In 136 games last season, the 30-year-old hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs, 50 RBI and 59 runs scored. He was in a highly productive A's lineup last season, however, and will now join an Astros lineup that scored 100 runs less than the Athletics last season.

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Lowrie did not receive a qualifying offer from the A's, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

The shortstop will be a free agent this offseason, and, as he prepares to enter his age-31 season, probably profiles as a below-average starting shortstop, when factoring in defense and age. That said, he will probably be given a starting job somewhere, and will therefore be fantasy relevant, especially in deeper leagues.

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Lowrie (foot) is in the lineup Monday, hitting sixth against the Angels.

X-rays on his foot came back negative and the expectation was that he'd be able to play Monday after getting hit on the foot in his last game.

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X-rays on Lowrie's foot came back negative, and he hopes to play Monday against the Angels, Bay Area News Group reports.

Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch in the first inning but remained in the game until the fifth inning, when he was replaced by Nick Punto. After the game, Lowrie admitted his defensive range was impacted by the foot, but he hopes to have recovered to the point that he's ready to go for the first of a three-game set with the Angels on Monday.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.