Astros SS Jed Lowrie to undergo thumb surgery, out past All-Star break

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seball The Astros are off to one of their best starts in nearly a decade, but the AL West leaders will be without one of their best hitters until after the All-Star break.The club on Tuesday placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list because of a ligament tear in his right thumb. According to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, the tear will require surgery. MORE: How the Astros came to be | Yanks' Tanaka DL-bound | Dodgers lose CrawfordLowrie was injured while sliding into home plate in the eighth inning of the Astros' victory over the Padres in San Diego on Monday. He flew to Houston on Tuesday for an MRI exam, which revealed the tear.  The 31-year-old is hitting .300/.432/.567 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 74 plate appearances this season.The club recalled infielder Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Fresno to take Lowrie's place on the roster.