CHICAGO -- Finally, some good news for infielder Jed Lowrie, who sustained nerve damage in his shoulder after a late-May collision with outfielder Carl Crawford and hasn't played since June 16: He will head to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday to begin a rehab assignment.
The schedule, as laid out by manager Terry Francona, is this: Lowrie will play shortstop for the PawSox on Monday, serve as DH on Tuesday, work out with the Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday, play short again in Pawtucket on Thursday, and either play short or DH again on Friday. He'll then be re-evaluated, Francona said, to determine whether he is ready to return to the Sox roster or continue rehabbing.
Lowrie won the everyday job at short from Marco Scutaro with a sizzling April (.368/.385/.574, with 8 extra-base hits, including three home runs and a dozen RBIs). "He was our most productive hitter,'' Francona said.
But Lowrie's desire to play a full season unimpeded by injury (like the wrist injury that ultimately required surgery and impacted two years) or illness (mononucleosis sidelined him for over three months last season) evaporated when he collided in short left field with Crawford while pursuing a shallow fly ball in Detroit on May 29.
Lowrie tried to play through the injury but batted just .128 (5 for 39) in 10 games after the collision, his overall average dropping from .306 to .270, and he was placed on the DL June 17. Scutaro has started 32 of 33 games since then entering play Friday night, batting .242/.321/.367.