Lowrie working toward return

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Lowrie working toward return

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com Follow @JCameratoNBA
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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Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.