Brandon Lowe’s return to the Rays lineup apparently will be delayed further.
In the final stages of rehabbing a bruised right leg that sidelined him since early July, Lowe was removed from a rehab game at Triple-A Durham Wednesday night with what the team said was a left quad strain, a separate, unrelated injury.
He will fly back to Tampa on Thursday morning for further evaluation, which will provide a better sense of how much longer he will be out. Lowe was planning to return to active duty within the next week.
He played two games last weekend with advanced Class A Charlotte, saying everything felt good and that baserunning was the lone area in which he was still working to improve. He moved up to Durham on Tuesday and had what manager Kevin Cash said was a good night.
Wednesday he singled in his first at-bat, grounded out in his second and then in his third was running hard to first in trying to beat out a chopper to the right of second base when he pulled up and grabbed the quad area and left the field with an athletic trainer.
The amount of additional time Lowe will miss will be related to the severity of the strain; catcher Mike Zunino missed three weeks earlier this season with a quad strain.