KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie has a hairline fracture on his right index finger, but is confident he can play through the pain and avoid a trip to the disabled list.

An MRI revealed the fracture Tuesday. The injury occurred on Aug. 4 while fielding a grounder and he missed the next three games, while an X-ray found no break. Lowrie played four games, but acknowledged there was pain.

"It might mean a day off a little more frequently, but he's able to play with it, manager Bob Melvin said. "There's nothing to suggest, unless he gets hit again, that it would worsen, but if there's a day something happens or it's bothering him more than others, then we'll have to give him a day off."

Eric Sogard made his sixth start at shortstop Tuesday in the 13-3 rout of the Royals. Lowrie has started 102 games at shortstop.

"He knows where his team is and he wants to be a part of it and he wants to play," Melvin said. "You give him a lot of credit for that. He wants to win, obviously, and he wants to be there for his team."

Lowrie said it bothers him more throwing than swinging.