Five years ago, Jed Lowrie was considered among the top prospects in the Red Sox organization. Lowrie did not rank far behind names like Jacoby Ellsbury and Justin Masterson. But since Lowrie got his chance with the Red Sox in 2008, he has been unable to remain healthy for a complete season.
There was a wrist injury, a shoulder problem and mononucleosis. So in his four seasons in the Majors thus far, Lowrie, 27, has not managed to play in more than 88 games in any single season.
"I've had some unfortunate injuries," said Lowrie. "It's stuff that's completely out of my control. Stuff that happens when you play the game hard and play the game the right way. Fortunately, I haven't had the wear and tear that comes along with baseball so far. I know I'm capable of playing every game every year. It's just a matter of having a little luck on my side and staying healthy."
In four seasons, Lowrie is a career .252 hitter with a .324 OBP.
Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow acquired Lowr...