Red Sox manager Terry Francona met with the media this afternoon before Game 3 of this four-game set against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park and discussed a number of topics.
- Jed Lowrie was in the clubhouse after completing his second rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket. He said he felt good about the way he was swinging the bat and seeing the ball after playing three innings at shortstop, going 0-for-2, Monday night. Tuesday, Lowrie got three at-bats at the designated hitter’s spot and went 1-for-3 with 1 run scored in a 4-3 win vs. the Louisville Bats. Francona said Lowrie worked out in Boston and will return to Pawtucket to make a third rehab start against Buffalo Thursday night. “He’s got all his at-bats lefthanded, so we can’t control that, but he’s doing pretty fine,” Francona said
- Francona expressed guarded optimism about Tim Wakefield’s bid for his 200th career victory. “I’ll be more excited if he wins,” the manager said. “I hope he does it here — hope he does it anywhere, actually. I think for the fans and for Wake, it would be really special if he did it in front of the home fans, so yeah, it’ll be fun.”
- Mike Aviles, acquired last Saturday from the Kansas City Royals, continued to get work in the outfield in the hopes of giving the Sox added depth at that spot. “He gave me a good answer when I asked him how he felt about it,” Francona said. “He looked at me and he said, `The one thing you need to know about me is I’m arrogant and confident,’ I said, `So does that mean you’ll go to the outfield?’ and he said, `Yeah,’ which I thought was a good answer.” Francona said the team had three extra players. “If he can go out there, it’s almost like when we had [Drew] Sutton; it almost gives you a guy where you can go short and it doesn’t hurt you. We’d like to get him out there [in the outfield] at some point. One thing you never want to do is embarass anybody. Then a guy makes an error and I feel like I messed up. If he’s comfortable enough, we’ll probably get him out there at some point.”
- Francona said Bobby Jenks, who has been on the DL since July 8 with left back tightness, threw from 60-feet about two days ago “and felt great,” the manager said. “He showed up [Tuesday] and felt OK. Trying to figure out if it was from throwing or maybe doing too much lifting. So we keep going back and forth. Probably not coming as quick as everybody would like, including himself. He had gotten a cortisone shot before we had left [for a three-game set in Chicago vs. the White Sox] and he felt really good, felt confident that it hit the spot and was really excited about it. So we’ll keep testing it every day and see how he’s doing.”