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Lowrie returning to compete with Scutaro

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 7, 2011 07:47 PM

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Marco Scutaro will be the Red Sox shortstop tonight. But starting tomorrow, he has some competition.

Jed Lowrie will be activated off the disabled list before tomorrow night's game against the Twins. His left shoulder, weakened by nerve damage, has recovered sufficiently.

“Now that we will have Jed back, we can kind of split it up,” manager Terry Francona said last night. “Because Jed’s not ready to be out there everyday, we can look at day game/night game, matchups and hopefully get the most out of both of them."

The position has been in flux for much of the season. Scutaro was the starter out of spring training, lost the job to Lowrie after a few weeks then regain it when Lowrie became injured.

Scutaro has started 63 games and Lowrie 42. Francona is leaving it open as to who will play the most going forward.

“Normally those things kind of take care of themselves,” he said. “The way Jed played earlier this season, it was kind of hard not to play him. I don’t that it really matters what I say in advance. We’ll see how those guys play.”

Lowrie is hitting .270 with a .723 OPS. Scutaro has hit .260 and has a .684 OPS.

“Jed has proven when he’s healthy he’s a really good hitter,” Francona said.

Lowrie was 7 for 17 with four doubles and five RBIs in a five-game rehab assignment with Class AAA Pawtucket.

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