Lowrie making his way in Pawtucket

August, 2, 2011
8/02/11
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Many moons have passed since Jed Lowrie challenged Marco Scutaro for the starting shortstop job earlier this season, spurred by a terrific month of April when he hit .368 in 21 games.

Yet, as has become a nagging trend in his early career, Lowrie again found himself on the disabled list following an on-field collision with Carl Crawford. He was placed on the DL on June 17 with nerve damage in his left shoulder.

Lowrie's back in action for the first time since June 16, making a string of rehab appearances at Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 0-for-2 while playing three innings at short in Monday night's game against the Louisville Bats at McCoy Stadium. Lowrie told reporters he felt good following Monday's game.

He went 1-for-3 with a single and run scored as the designated hitter in Pawtucket's 4-3 walk-off win on Tuesday. Lowrie batted in the third spot was lifted for pinch hitter Ryan Lavarnway in the seventh inning as planned.

"I'm just trying to get my timing back, getting a look against live pitching," said Lowrie, who started 41 of his 55 games at Boston this year.

Lowrie is scheduled to play shortstop again on Thursday and will make another appearance with the PawSox on Friday before an evaluation is made.

Scott Barboza

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Scott Barboza joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools editor/reporter in May 2010. He spent the previous three seasons working in the New England Patriots media relations department after a stint at the Taunton Daily Gazette, where he covered everything from Little League baseball to the Boston Red Sox.

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