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Lugo to join Sox Monday

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  April 24, 2009 04:40 PM

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Shortstop Julio Lugo will rejoin the Red Sox Monday in Cleveland after he plays the remainder of this weekend with Triple A Pawtucket. Lugo will likely be activated, but the Red Sox want to make sure he comes through he rehab fine before deciding for certain.

"I think we need to watch him play this weekend," manager Terry Francona said.

Nick Green, the Red Sox fill-in shortstop with Lugo and now Jed Lowrie out, has played like anything but a fill-in despite three errors during Wednesday's doubleheader. He blasted a home run Wednesday, and his .313 batting average is third on the Red Sox among players with at least 30 plate appearances. He's also shown surprising power with five doubles.

The Yankees have struggled to replace Alex Rodriguez -- his primary fill-in, Cody Ransom, has the fifth-lowest batting average in the league at .170. They could have had Green, who spent all of 2008 with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' affiliate.

"He's got some big hits in some clutch situations," Francona said. "He's made some errors, but he's made some good plays, too. I think he's more than held his own. I don't think, at the end of the spring, you can rightfully lose two shortstops and think, 'We can replace this guy with a guy that's going to drive in 100.' Nick's done a pretty good job."

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