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Lowrie undergoes surgery

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  April 21, 2009 04:24 PM

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Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie underwent surgery on his injured left wrist today in Arizona, and with the good news that there was no damage to the cartilage, he is expected to be able to start swinging a bat again in six weeks. For now, he will be in a splint for approximately 10 days, then have his stitches removed.

Manager Terry Francona said he was uncertain whether Lowrie would remain in Arizona or return to Boston, though he said it doesn't particularly matter for now since he can't do any baseball-related activities.

After meeting with specialists -- most recently Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona yesterday -- two procedures had been considered by Lowrie, one that would cost him the season and one that could bring him back by July. The latter procedure is what took place today.

Lowrie played through a non-displaced fracture in the left wrist last season, discovering the severity of the injury only after the season. He rehabbed with rest, and without surgery, which appeared to be the correct choice as he batted .343 in spring training. But he began to feel pain in the wrist at the end of the spring, and finally told the Sox about the discomfort a week ago.

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