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Lowrie wants to play short, but will move around

PHOENIX -- Jed Lowrie is not shy when expressing his feelings about where he fits best in the infield.

"I think I've proven that I can play shortstop every day, and that's what I think I am," Lowrie said Saturday, shortly after reporting to A's camp. "I'm an everyday shortstop that can play other positions."

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Yet Lowrie, acquired from Houston in a five-player deal that sent Chris Carter to the Astros last week, is also understanding of the fact that his new team may need him to be a rover of sorts around the infield, since fellow newcomer Hiroyuki Nakajima has already been pegged as the club's everyday shortstop.

It's likely Lowrie will play all four infield spots this spring, and performances by players around him may very well affect where he starts the season. First the A's have to see just what they have in Nakajima, as well as Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore, who are competing for the second-base job, and third baseman Josh Donaldson.

In the meantime, Lowrie will share time with all of them.

"He'll do a little bit of everything to start, and like everybody here really, what I am going to tell them is to bear with me for a while," manager Bob Melvin said. "We have a lot of moving parts and we're going to see how it goes here."

Lowrie, 28, is entering his first Spring Training in Arizona, having spent each of his previous springs in the Grapefruit League in Florida. Yet plenty of familiar faces abound for the infielder in the A's clubhouse, as he played with Michael Taylor for a year at Stanford, worked out with Chris Young during an offseason and brushed shoulders plenty of times with former Red Sox teammates Coco Crisp, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Hideki Okajima.

It was in Boston that Lowrie was quickly thrown into a competitive environment, so making the move to a contending team in Oakland from a rebuilding Astros club is all the more exciting for him. He's fresh off a month-long stay in Tampa, where he worked out with his trainer of eight years, Jason Riley, for six days a week.

"I feel great, ready to go," said Lowrie, whose trouble with injuries has been well-documented. "I haven't had any limitations with any of my workouts, so I'm looking forward to getting into real baseball activity. Until you get out there with the rest of the guys, it's not the same. It's a different level of energy."

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