Former Duke Back On Track After Face Injury


RICHMOND (WHSV) -- Jake Lowery knows what it's like to face a fastball, especially after getting hit in the face by one back in April.

The former JMU player fractured three bones and missed seven weeks of the minor league season.
Lowery, who plays for the Akron Rubberducks, returned to the field on April 5.

"It's been a struggle at times. Trying to play catch out there with everyone but I've learned from it. There's an injury,” Lowery said. “It's unfortunate. It happens in this game of baseball. I'm passed it, I'm just looking forward to finishing strong.”

This week, the catcher was in Richmond playing against the Flying Squirrels, and doesn't seem to be afraid of the ball. Lowery had a triple, a single and two walks in the 3-1 win on Monday. Now, the 23-year-old is focused on winning every at-bat when he steps to the plate.

“This is my fourth year, second in double-A. I'm progressing through the system. Being versatile. Playing first, catching, DH now and again,” Lowery said.

“It's been good. I learned a lot of things."


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