8/10/2014 2:54 P.M. ET
Lowrie out of lineup to rest sore finger
By Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie was out of the A's lineup Sunday for the series finale against Minnesota, with manager Bob Melvin giving him a day to rest his bruised right index finger.
Lowrie was at shortstop Friday and Saturday after going three straight games without playing the field.
"I had planned to play him two and give him one off, anyway," Melvin said Sunday. "At this point in time, when you play it really doesn't get any better.
"He's good enough to play, but it has been bothering him some, so if we give him a day off, hopefully we gain a little ground with it come tomorrow."
Lowrie has kept his finger wrapped and is 1-for-9 with a triple since sustaining the injury.
The day off for Lowrie meant another day at shortstop for Eric Sogard, who has made a season-high seven consecutive starts. Sogard walked four times on Saturday.
• In his first rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Kyle Blanks (left calf strain) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.
• Twins' lefty Tommy Milone, traded by the A's on July 31, will be recalled from Triple-A to start Monday in Houston.
"It's nice that he is called up," Melvin said, "because I believe he's a big leaguer."
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.