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Rays prospect Josh Lowe sidelined until late May due to shoulder surgery

Lowe had a solid season at Double-A then felt discomfort near the end of his Arizona Fall League assignment.
Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay's 2016 first-round draft pick, shown after signing with the team. [Tampa Bay Times]
Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay's 2016 first-round draft pick, shown after signing with the team. [Tampa Bay Times]

ST. PETERSBURG — Outfielder Josh Lowe, the Rays 2016 first round pick who is now a promising prospect, will be sidelined until likely late May due to recovery from November right shoulder debridement (clean out) surgery, the team said Wednesday.

Lowe, 22, had a solid 2019 season at Double-A Montgomery last season, hitting .252 with 18 homers, 62 RBIs and a .783 OPS, then a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. But according to the Rays, he felt discomfort in his throwing shoulder toward the end of that assignment, got checked out and had the surgery.

Lowe has started on a throwing program, but has not yet started to hit. Team officials are optimistic he will be back to form around late May. Lowe, ranked the Rays No. 11 prospect by mlbpipeline.com is the younger brother of slugging first baseman Nate Lowe, who made his big-league debut with the Rays last season.

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