When Jed Lowrie's left wrist knocked him out of action again last night, he drew from it both frustration and, oddly, encouragement. Batting lefthanded, Lowrie checked his swing in the first inning and a sharp pain shot through his surgically repaired and chronically irriating left wrist. Lowrie's trying comeback had struck another road bump. But it also gave him a crucial piece of information.
"I know what's causing it now," Lowrie said. In New York, Lowrie had reaggravated the wrist injury while batting lefthanded and checking his swing. He wasn't sure then if that check swing or any check swing was the culprit. After Wednesday night, he was sure.
"I do know the lefthanded check swing is what's causing it," Lowrie said. "Talking to people coming off wrist injuries, coming off wrist surgeries, the check swing is kind of the final hurdle. So I know there's light at the end of the tunnel."
Lowrie came to Fenway Park to be examined by team trainers, and the results were "really positive" manager Terry Francona said. Dr. Thomas Gill will also look at Lowrie during his time in Boston.
Despite another setback, Lowrie still aims to return by the end of this season. He had considered the prospect of not playing until 2010 even before his latest snag, but he believes his season is not over.
"Of course it's more in jeopardy," Lowrie said. "But I'm not ready to just give up yet. I'm going to continue to do what I need to do to get back, see where that leads me. I'm not ready to give up on the year."
Lowrie's confidence stems from his rehab in Pawtucket. In his first two games, Lowrie played nine innings and then 10 innings. His timing returned quickly, and his legs felt as if they were game shape. He went 3 for 8 with three home runs -- "they weren't cheap," he said -- and a pair of walks.
"I don't feel ready to stop trying this year, especially what I did at Pawtucket," Lowrie said. "I know it's only a couple days and I haven't played. It's not a finished product. But at least there's something there. Hopefully, I can build on it."