"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.
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.