Lowrie had an MRI on Friday, and while the exam did not show any “significant damage,” according to manager Terry Francona, it was clear to the Red Sox medical staff that rest and rehab is necessary to strengthen his shoulder before he can return.
He was replaced on Boston’s roster by utilityman Drew Sutton, who was called up from Pawtucket. Sutton had been sent down this past Tuesday. Once being demoted, a player has to spend at least 10 days in the minors before he can be recalled unless he is recalled to replace an injured player, which is why Sutton was available Friday to take Lowrie’s place.
Lowrie, who has been hampered by the shoulder problem, came out of Thursday night’s game after striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning. He was unable to take a healthy swing.
He was batting .301 at the time he collided with Crawford. He was down to .270 after Thursday night’s game.