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Wednesday July 18th, 2012

When Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a sprained right ankle, there was reason for optimism. But on Tuesday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said that Lowrie will be out of action for at least four-to-six weeks, which means he may not make it back until September.

Lowrie, who leads the team with 14 home runs (one of only two Astros in double figures), will have to wear a boot for the next week because of damage to the peroneal nerve in his right leg. Marwin Gonzalez is starting in Lowrie's place for now, but he may not be long for the job. ”We’re going to have to think about how to cover (Lowrie's) at-bats and his innings out there,” Luhnow said. ”Marwin’s playing great, but when you have a player coming up from AA and you ask him to play every day ... we’re certainly thankful we have him and he’s going to get a lot of playing time but we need to consider other options whether it’s bringing up somebody else from AAA or looking outside the organization.”

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