Add another rehabbing major leaguer to the already long list the PawSox have had in 2009. At his news conference on Friday, Terry Francona said that shortstop Jed Lowrie would travel to North Carolina on Saturday and be in the PawSox lineup on Sunday. Jed, a PawSox alum (2007, 2008) has been recuperating after surgery on his left wrist. The former Stanford All America has been on the shelf since April 11. Francona says the Red Sox will not rush Lowrie, no matter what- “Jed could spend a couple of weeks with the PawSox. It’s like he’s starting Spring Training all over again.” Lowrie had a great deal of success in his rookie year of 2008. The switch-hitting infielder appeared in 81 games after Mike Lowell went to the D.L. on April 10. Lowrie played 49 games at shortstop, splitting time with Julio Lugo. Lowrie did not commit an error at short. He proved to be a “Major-League Ready” hitter, batting .258 with 25 doubles and 46 rbi. The 2004 Pac-10 player of the year enjoyed his finest moment during the postseason, on October 6, 2008 driving in the game winning and series clinching run against the Angels at Fenway Park in the American League Divisional Series. Jed won the shortstop job in the spring when Julio Lugo went down. Since Jed’s injury, Nick Green has done a more than adequate job filling in. Lowrie will be reunited with his former Cardinal teammate, Chris Carter. The pair played together in college along with the likes of Carlos Quentin, Ryan Garko and Donny Lucy. The PawSox should continue eating well if Jed continues the tradition of buying the post-game meal, or “spread” as it is more familiarly known. He follows the footsteps of Kevin Youkilis, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Lugo, Mark Kotsay, John Smoltz and Rocco Baldelli.
The Red Sox released lefty Chris George late Thursday night. The lefthander had been on the D.L. and never got the chance to get off. A great guy, (and more importantly, a lefthanded pitcher) should catch on with another club. Wish him ALL the best.
I know it’s only Friday but I’m aleady “licking my chops” in anticipation of Monday night’s matchup here in Durham. It could just as easily take place at Fenway or Tropicana Field. Clay Buchholz (5-0, 1.90) will face lefty Scott Kazmir (M.L. rehab- right quadriceps strain). Kazmir is an All Star for the Rays, in fact he was the winning pitcher for the American League last season at the mid-summer classic.