Lowrie has started just 37 of the 50 games, or 74% of the games, and we are only in May. Afternoon game followed by an afternoon game, and he takes a day off? He's 27 years old, for Tito's sake! I understand he's butchering the field and his numbers are declining, but everyday SS have to go when Drew Suttons are all that are left in the reststop line.
At this rate, Lowrie won't play a lot more than half of the 162 games. He should be fresh and ready to go! Come on Jed, suck it up! Elite MLB SS don't sit on the bench, tired, for 26% of the season.
Sean McAdam told a friend of a friend that Jed probably, and I say probably, will have to be treated for Lupus.
Diagnosis can thus be elusive, with some people suffering unexplained symptoms of untreated SLE for years.
Common initial and chronic complaints include fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias, fatigue, and temporary loss of cognitive abilities.
The overheated, joint problems and fatigue symtoms that have kept this great player mostly on the bench since 2008 need to be treated. Sutton is a butcher with the glove, just like Lowrie, but Sutton outhitting Lowrie in the last game (Lowrie was the only guy who didn't get a single one of the 20 hits) is too small a sample to start him at this point.
I've always liked Jed. Good guy from Stanford who is wildly popular amongst Red Sox fans and with his MLBPA peers. He's only 27, so the sky is the limit for this career .300 hitter and slugging SS. But he needs to get healthy so he doesn't need more than 20 games off during a season. At 27, it's hard to understand how a guy needs more than 20 games off during a season, unless he's sick. And I think Jed is sick but will be fine once they treat him with the proper medical protocols. The play where he dropped the infield pop-up and threw the ball away was simply not the real Jed.
Once Jed gets healthy, he's going to start drilling RHP and fielding like Iggy. He is on track to be the next Cal Ripken, and no one in their right mind would even think of trading Jed, right as he is breaking out into his destiny of greatness. The guy is a .300 hitting slugger with a remarkable OPS for a 1st baseman, much less a SS!
Author's Disclaimer: Jed Lowrie is my 3rd Cousin Once Removed