Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

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Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON The long wait for some new Legend of Jed Lowrie Twitter fodder may soon be over.

The Red Sox shortstop has come through his current rehab stint from a shoulder injury with flying colors, and continued that with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate on Thursday night for Pawtucket in seven innings of work. Lowrie hit a double, drew a walk and knocked in two runs during the 10-inning loss for the PawSox, and is now 3-for-8 in three rehab games.

He looked really good. He hit a double and made a diving play on that shoulder. He did fine. Weve just started pushing him a little bit and we want to make sure hes okay... just getting out there and playing. He hasnt played a lot, so playing him nine innings in three or four days is pushing it. Well give him the weekend, so hes got a chance and we feel better about it too.

Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie will DH tonight for Pawtucket and play shortstop for nine innings on Saturday, and then will get a day of rest on Sunday before potentially rejoining the team for a road trip through Minnesota and Seattle.

Francona confirmed that Lowrie will be activated by the Sox on Monday barring any setbacks with a shoulder that appears to have fully healed.

Hell DH tonight, play shortstop tomorrow, take Sunday off and then hopefully if everything is okay hell go with us and be activated on Monday, said Francona. We just felt like we might have been pushing him a little bit.

The Sox may decide to keep Mike Aviles, Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro together as a great deal of middle infield depth with Aviles ability to play some outfield, but one has to wonder if theres a move forthcoming with one of the three when Lowrie gets activated on Monday.

Bobby Jenks also appears to be moving forward from back tightness, and will throw a bullpen session on Sunday at Fenway Park. If all goes well Jenks will travel to the teams Ft. Myers training facility to continue rehabbing the injury and building up arm strength while the team heads on the road.

Hell throw some pens and get into some simulated games before hed head to Pawtucket, said Francona. Well map that out, but the most important thing is that he feels good in the bullpen on Sunday.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Rick Porcello starts, Drew Pomeranz relieves in Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Twins

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Rick Porcello starts, Drew Pomeranz relieves in Red Sox' 5-3 loss to Twins

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via RedSox.com. "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Who's on first for Red Sox? It may be not someone you'd expect

Who's on first for Red Sox? It may be not someone you'd expect

Who’s on first? A middle infielder, maybe.

Hanley Ramirez, Josh Rutledge and Mitch Moreland aren't fully healthy. So the 25th man on the Red Sox has become a matter of corner-infield triage.

Rutledge was gearing up to play some first base with Ramirez restricted to DH because of his throwing shoulder. But Rutledge is hurt now too, likely headed to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning in Florida.

Here’s the easiest way to think about who takes Rutledge's place: Who would the Red Sox like to see less against left handed pitching, third baseman Pablo Sandoval or first baseman Mitch Moreland? 

If it’s Sandoval, then you carry Marco Hernandez, who can play third base.

“He’s a very strong candidate,” manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida on Wednesday. “He’s one of a few that are being considered strongly right now.” 

If it’s Moreland, than you carry Steve Selsky, who has a history playing first base.

“He’s a guy we’re having discussions on,” Farrell said. “Any guy in our camp that we feel is going to make us a more complete or balanced roster, Deven Marrero, they’re all in consideration.”

The additional wrench here is that Moreland has the flu. If he's not available at all for a few days to begin the season, then the Sox probably have to carry Hernandez.

Why? Because Brock Holt can play some first base if Moreland is out. But then, you’d need another back-up middle infielder, and Hernandez gives you that. 

Hernandez is also hitting .379 in 58 at-bats this spring entering Wednesday.

Moreland isn’t the only one who has the flu.

"It’s running through our clubhouse," Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida on Wednesday, including the Providence Journal’s Tim Britton. "Probably be held out for three days for a quarantine.” (LINK:http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20170329/with-josh-rutledge-and-mitch-moreland-ailing-first-base-depth-compromised-for-red-sox)

That means the Red Sox won't have Moreland for their exhibitions against the Nationals on Friday and Saturday in Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Md. Moreland could still be ready for the regular season, but would likely be at less than full strength.

Having Ramirez available would sure make things a lot simpler for the Sox.

Both Sandoval at third base and Moreland could use right-handed bats to complement them. Or more specifically, they could use people who can hit left-handed pitching to complement them.

Hernandez is a left-handed hitter who might actually be able to hit lefties. But the Sox haven't used him at first base, and there's no indication they will.

“As we look at the upcoming games, there is the potential for two left-handed starters in Detroit,” Farrell said. “So there’s a number of things being factored right now.”

Early in spring training, Farrell was asked what player had started to catch his eye.

The guy he mentioned was Selsky, an outfielder and first baseman the Red Sox feel fortunate to have picked up off waivers because he still has minor league options remaining.

Now Selsky, who has already technically been cut from major league spring training, has a chance at making the opening day roster. He's 27 and hit .356 in 45 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Chris Young isn't going to have an easy time finding at-bats as it stands now, but the Sox aren't considering moving him to first base.