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Lowrie and Lineups

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  April 14, 2009 08:40 PM

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jed Lowrie is heading to Baltimore tomorrow morning to see yet another doctor in relation to his left wrist sprain. He saw three doctors yesterday in Boston, but the team wants another opinion, so he'll see Dr. Thomas Graham.

"The problem we're running into is he rehabbed so well this winter and came out of the shoot obviously feeling good, then all of a sudden now we're going down another direction," manager Terry Francona said yesterday. "I think out of respect to Jed we're just trying to make sure we get the best possible answer we can."

The shortstop had a left wrist sprain and non-displaced fracture in the same area as this recent injury, but he did not get surgery last season. He instead opted for rest in order to ready the wrist for this season, which seemed to have healed early on, based on his performance.

Lowrie had clearly struggled since the regular season began, hitting just 1 for 18 after batting .343 in spring training. He didn't tell his coaching staff, though. Asked if he noticed anything in Lowrie's swing in recent days, Francona said, "No. I mean he was dragging the bat a little bit. He had swung the bat so well in spring training that at some point you make outs. Then he had a couple different games where he actually swung the bat good again.

"We saw him lefthanded, I know that's where he runs into a problem, kind of dragging his hands a little bit. But hitters do that anyway. I can't sit here and say we did [notice] or we would have pulled him in and asked him."

If you're interested in the reaction from the Angels side on the Josh Beckett suspension, here's a link to a story in the LA Times, which says that the Angels are pleased by the turn of events.

And with that, on to the lineups...

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka

Athletics

1. Ryan Sweeney, CF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Jason Giambi, 1B
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Jack Cust, DH
6. Nomar Garciaparra, 3B
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Travis Buck, RF
9. Mark Ellis, 2B

SP -- Dana Eveland

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