Neck strain forces Lowrie out of lineup Sunday

Neck strain forces Lowrie out of lineup Sunday

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Jed Lowrie was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Orioles because of a neck strain that occurred overnight while he was sleeping.

Adam Rosales got the start at shortstop in place of Lowrie, who deemed himself available off the bench as a right-handed hitter, with his neck mostly being an issue only when he turns his head to the right side.

"If it was a night game," said Lowrie, "it probably would've had time to loosen up, but it's just so stiff right now that we want to make sure it doesn't get worse. This is the first time I've ever woken up like this, and I knew right away. Even driving in, I couldn't turn my head to check the other lanes."

Manager Bob Melvin was going to do his best to refrain from using the infielder on Sunday.

"With an injury like that, you'd like to rest him, but you never know how it plays out," Melvin said. "He's the only other infielder on the bench, so if something were to happen to someone else, you'd see him out there."

Lowrie, batting .344 on the season, was confident he'd be back in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener vs. the Angels.

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