Lowrie to be activated Monday

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Lowrie to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON Jed Lowrie came through the Pawtucket rehab assignment with flying colors and hell be flying out with the Red Sox to Minnesota following Sundays series finale with the New York Yankees.

The switch-hitting Lowrie ended his stint with a flourish by smacking three doubles batting right-handed and finished 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles in five games hitting for the PawSox.

The offensive proof along with a number of defensive plays at shortstop in nine inning games showed the Sox that his left shoulder is completely healthy.

Terry Francona said that Lowrie might not be 100 percent as he jumps back into action with the Sox, but that his offense could be a welcomed addition to a Sox lineup that already leads the AL in most important offensive categories.

I dont think anybody is 100 percent," Francona said. "But hes fine otherwise we wouldnt bring him up. The one thing I know is that he wont be playing every day, and he doesnt have to. But hes been swinging the bat really well. Sometimes when players havent played in a while you just dont know how theyre going to swing the bat.

Carl Crawford missed some time and then came out and got a bunch of hits . . . and then he didnt. Jed has proven that when hes healthy hes a very good hitter. When hes not then thats when he makes outs.

Lowrie told CSNNE.com's Maureen Mullen, "I think Ive proven that time and again that I can get back up after being knocked down. I think having that experience helps.

I feel good. Im here to do whatever I can to help this team go where it needs to go.

Francona wouldnt say what the corresponding roster move would be to activate Lowrie from the DL, but its a good bet that one of the 13 pitchers on the roster wont be making the trip to Minnesota and Seattle. With Andrew Miller slated to start one of the double-header games against the Tampa Bay Rays in two weeks, it leaves lefty Randy Williams as the most likely candidate for roster removal.

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

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.