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.