Sore foot impacting Lowrie's performance

Sore foot impacting Lowrie's performance

OAKLAND -- A left foot problem might force Jed Lowrie to miss some games in the coming days, but that didn't stop the A's infielder from making his way into the lineup Wednesday.

Lowrie has been dealing with a sore foot for the past few weeks and manager Bob Melvin says it is starting to seriously affect his play on the field.

"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.

Worth noting

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.