Lowrie working toward return

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Lowrie working toward return

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON -- After being placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain over a month ago, Jed Lowrie is working his way toward his return to the field.

Lowrie began taking swings off the tee this week and has already increased his reps from 15 to 30 swings from each side, he said, noting a steady progression.

It felt good, the shortstop said prior to Saturdays Red Sox - Mariners game. It felt exactly how I expected it to. Always the first round or the first couple of rounds feel strong, and then it just kind of fatigues. And I think thats normal. So I think were getting to the point where Ive taken enough swings to maybe start moving into some flips.

Terry Francona does not have a definitive date set for Lowries return, but has a general has a general overview of his rehab process.

Hes picking up the intensity a little bit, he said. Hes doing a few more reps each day. I would imagine hed be probably like a week on the tee, maybe a week on the soft toss, maybe a week on BP. That looks like a rough progression. That could go either way a little bit. Thats probably not fair to completely lay it out, but thats probably somewhat close. And then he would obviously have to go play.

Lowrie, who is batting .270 on the season, has not played since June 16. He is anxious to get back on the field, and is being cautious as he works toward the day he can play again. He is following a treatment regimen to make sure he doesnt suffer any further injuries.

A lot of the treatment is actually before just to get it moving, get the blood flowing there, he said. So we do kind of alternating between strength and stability days. And then we do just ice basically after.

He leaves the medical plans up to the Red Sox staff while he focuses on baseball.

Its not really my job. I like to stay informed but I think thats through medical opinions, he said. Im not researching it on Google, Im not going on the internet. We have qualified doctors who get paid to do this. I dont need to get on the Internet and tell them how to do their job.

After all, he has a goal in mind.

Getting back out there and playing, he said.

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