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Lowrie might be activated tomorrow

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 20, 2010 07:16 PM

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Jed Lowrie was expected in the Sox clubhouse here at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum shortly. While he will not be activated in time for tonight's game, according to manager Terry Francona, he's expected to take a roster spot tomorrow or in time for the Seattle series.

Lowrie was expected to get checked out by trainers upon arrival. Lowrie has had a long battle with mono and prior to that a long battle with a wrist injury and subsequent surgery. Lowrie, 26, hit .333 in Pawtucket with one homer and 4 RBI in 15 at-bats after hitting .400 in 15 at-bats at Lowell (A).

The switch-hitting Lowrie is expected to become the utility infielder. Francona indicated the Sox can now think about resting Marco Scutaro, who has played through a couple of injuries. Lowrie also protects the team at second and third base and could play first as well.

Francona raved about the day Victor Martinez had. The injured Sox backstop was able to squat and catch and also hit from both sides of the plate. Martinez had been favoring his right handed swing with his tender left thumb, but Francona said Martinez has been able to separate his hands slightly to dull the impact. Francona said there was a possibility Martinez could not need a rehab assignment, but the Red Sox are usually cautious on such matters.

Dustin Pedroia also took some swings in the cage.

Josh Beckett worked on his offspeed pitches in a 25-minute side session with pitching coach John Farrell and appears ready for his Friday start in Seattle. .

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