Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday

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Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Red Sox didnt have on-field batting practice on Monday,prior to their game with the Chicago White Sox. Instead, they hit in the cages.

One of those players that hit in the cage was shortstop JedLowrie, however, he isnt in the starting lineup, thanks to a stiff leftshoulder.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie may beavailable to pinch hit on Monday, a day after he collided with Carl Crawford,but continued stiffness forced Francona to play it safe.

Lowrie will return to the lineup on Tuesday. But Drew Suttonwill start at shortstop on Monday night, hitting seventh.

We thought about playing him, said Francona in Mondayspregame press conference at Fenway Park. We kind of went back and forth andsaid, Lets see if this thing loosens up. Then, because were not takingbatting practice on the field, and its a late arrival, I said, You know what,why dont we just let you hit in the cage. As the day progresses, if you feelgood, maybe well pinch hit you. If you dont, then its a good thing we stayedaway.

This is nothing. Hell play tomorrow. And he probably couldcertainly play today. Its just, the more I started talking to him, I thought,well, were going to use our heads here.

Reliever Bobby Jenks (biceps tendinitis) has rejoined theclub, but wont be activated until Tuesday.

Left-hander Franklin Morales (forearm) had an MRI onMonday morning, but the Red Sox were awaiting the results of that MRI, as ofMonday afternoon.

With May coming to an end, warm weather isfinally here, and the Red Sox are back in first place.

Francona said on Monday that hed rather play in warm, humidconditions.

Yesterday, it was hot in Detroit, and humid, saidFrancona. Guys were happy. Its baseball weather. Its a lot easier to playwhen its warm and humid. You get a sweat going. The at-bats carry over. Theball carries.

Francona was also asked to reflect on the first two monthsof the season, and he said all he cares about, is where they end up.

I dont care one bit about May, Francona said. That meansabsolutely nothing to me. I feel better about the way were playing. Thosearbitrary deadlines mean nothing. Were playing better, and thats what we feelgood about.

If you just play the game right, and give yourself achance, youll end up where youre supposed to.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.