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Lowrie surgery likely in next day

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  April 20, 2009 03:05 PM

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While addressing the media after the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed that Jed Lowrie is expected to have wrist surgery in the next day or so, a procedure that will keep the shortstop out for several weeks.

Francona indicated that if all goes well for the Sox, Lowrie could be back playing "by the All-Star break,'' which is about as positive an outcome as the Sox could ask for at this stage.

Lowrie met with Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona on Monday morning.

Lowrie has had discomfort in the wrist since last May, and while the pain subsided over the winter, it began bothering him again late in spring training. After getting just one hit in his first 18 at-bats this season, he admitted to manager Terry Francona that he was again feeling pain in the wrist.

As for Rocco Baldelli, who left today's game after four innings, Francona acknowledged that the player has had some tightness in his hamstring recently, a problem that Baldelli aggravated running the bases today. The Sox now appear a little shorthanded in the outfield, though Baldelli probably would not have been available Tuesday, anyway. That may give the Sox a day or two before determining whether a roster move is necessary.

As for the victory, Francona said what you would expect him to, focusing on the performance of Justin Masterson.

"It was a good day,'' said the manager.

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