Shortstop Jed Lowrie is not in the starting lineup after he left last night’s game with an irritated left forearm. Lowrie spent most of this year on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, a procedure he hoped would erase the issue that sidetracked him since last May and his entire tenure with the Red Sox at the major league level.
After speaking today with Dr. Michael Sheridan, the specialist who performed Lowrie’s wrist surgery, Lowrie was convinced the inflammation was related to, but not the same as, the injury that has plagued him for more than a year.
“It’s something different,” Lowrie said. “It’s obviously a hard thing to diagnose, but the nerves are inflamed and they’re shutting down the area.”
Lowrie’s plan today for pregame was to take ground balls and throw, but he avoided any swinging. He did not have an idea for when he might be able to return to the lineup.
Wrist troubles have held Lowrie to only 19 games this season, and he acclimated back to the lineup slowly. Lowrie is hitting .143 with two doubles and a home run this year, and said last week that after his time away from baseball, he felt as though different parts of his body were “working against each other” at times. His has been defined what he felt again today — frustration.
“That’s a common theme this year,” Lowrie said. “But I’m confident that we’ll figure it out and I’ll get back to where I want to be.”