"To his credit, he's staying in the lineup and it is definitely affecting him," Melvin. "You can see the numbers right now offensively, and for the first time it's starting to bother him defensively, too."
Those numbers don't paint a pleasant picture for Lowrie in the last month. Since entering the month of July with a .292 batting average, he's hitting .192/.226/.232 with no home runs and 25 strikeouts in 106 plate appearances. In that span of time, Lowrie was out of the starting lineup just three times.
The team hopes that an orthotics treatment will help Lowrie with the pain, but in the meantime, Lowrie will receive some days off to help with the stress on his foot. If the orthotics don't help enough, it's possible he could be in line for a DL stint.
• Sean Doolittle pitched off flat ground on Tuesday. Melvin reported that Doolittle felt great and he could be in line for a bullpen session soon.
• Eric Sogard, who had left knee surgery April 20 and is on the 60-day DL, took some dry swings Tuesday and reported no problems.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.