Jed Lowrie was activated and immediately optioned to Single-A Lowell yesterday, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona says the move was purely procedural.
“The best scenario was to option him yesterday so we could get him back in 10 days,” said Francona. “That’s when we think he should be ready to play.”
Francona said that a couple of rainouts in his rehab games and a “banged up” right knee set his rehab back. Lowrie was supposed to return at the end of this week, but is now slated to return against Toronto on the 18th.
Lowrie will not travel in the meantime but will play in Pawtucket.
“The idea is to keep him in this area until he’s ready,” said Francona.