BOSTON -- Barring a miracle, infielder Nick Green will not be on the postseason roster for the first round of the playoffs next week. Green, who has a slipped disc in his back that is pinching a nerve and causing weakness in his leg, worked out before the game. Afterward he felt fatigued, frustrated and unsure when he'll be back to full strength.
"If I can't go by Saturday, then I don't think I'll be able to play in the postseason," he said.
Last week, Green had said if he wasn't ready for game action by Friday then there would be no way he could play in the series against Anaheim. On Thursday, he said he still was holding out hope, however diminished it might be.
"I can't do anything to make it [heal] faster," he said.
Without Green, the Red Sox would either choose Jed Lowrie or Chris Woodward as their backup infielder. Lowrie played in Wednesday night's loss to the Blue Jays, hitting lefthanded. After surgery on his left wrist earlier this year, he has been trying to limit his swings from the left side.
"The more I do, the worse it gets," he said.
He awoke Thursday morning with soreness in the wrist. Lowrie said he hopes he'll make the postseason roster.
"I wouldn't be here if I didn't want to play," he said. "I just know guys who have played a long time never have gotten the opportunity. If you had asked what the best thing is for me, it might be a different answer. But right now I want to be a part of this and I want to be here."
Lowrie said he's been taking ground balls at different infield positions. He said playing defense and swinging righthanded doesn't cause him pain. Whether that will be enough to get him on the postseason roster is unknown.
"I'm not trying to read their minds," Lowrie said. "I'm just doing what's asked of me right now."
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Amy K. Nelson
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