Lowrie may return to Sox next week

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Lowrie may return to Sox next week

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The day is drawing near for Jed Lowries return to the Red Sox, and the shortstop checked in on his progress Wednesday while taking a day off from shoulder rehab with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

Lowrie is 1-for-5 in two rehab games with the PawSox without any complications or setbacks, but has only batted from the left side of the plate in collecting at-bats and getting his timing down. Lowrie worked out with his teammates on the Fenway Park field Wednesday, but said that hell make sure hes 100 percent before coming back from the DL.

I rushed back from the last couple of injuries that Ive had, and that was a valuable lesson for me, said Lowrie, who is taking the steady approach while gaining strength in the shoulder since landing on the 15-day disabled list on June 17. I hadnt played in five or six weeks, so there soreness and some fatigue from not having played baseball. But theres been nothing unusual.

Lowrie knows hell need to play nine innings in a rehab game with a full complement of at-bats before hes ready to rejoin his teammates in Boston. He couldnt tell if that was going to happen Thursday in Pawtucket against the Buffalo Bison, but Terry Francona indicated the Sox will revisit Lowrie's situation after he plays two more games for Pawtucket.

Its a no-brainer that I need to go nine innings before I can come back, said Lowrie, who was hitting .270 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI prior to the injury.

It appears that Lowrie should confront the nine-inning hurdle at some point this weekend, and then perhaps be ready to be activated as soon as next week.

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

Report: Red Sox acquire bullpen help in Tyler Thornburg from Brewers; Travis Shaw included in trade

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Report: Red Sox acquire bullpen help in Tyler Thornburg from Brewers; Travis Shaw included in trade

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have traded 1B/3B Travis Shaw and two minor-leaguers to the Milwaukee Brewers for righthander Tyler Thornburg. The prospects heading to Milwaukee are reliever Josh Pennington and infielder Mauricio Dubon.

The hard-throwing Thornburg had a tremendous season for the Brewers last year, sporting a 2.15 ERA in 67 appearances. Thornburg struck out 90 hitters in only 67 innnings, while walking 25. 

More to come...

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.