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Jed Lowrie: No Break In Right Thumb
Update: X-rays on Lowrie's right thumb came back negative, and it is just a sprain, the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine reports.

Recommendation: If Lowrie cannot play by Opening Day, Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Downs are the top candidates to replace him. Downs is more of a first and second-baseman, and would be over-matched defensively at shortstop. Gonzalez, on the other hand, is a true shortstop, but is having a rough spring at the plate (.147/.268/.176). Given the lack of good alternatives, look for the Astros to get Lowrie back into the lineup as soon as possible.

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