Lowrie making some progress
Red Sox shortstop rebounding from mononucleosis
BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie has been a bit of a forgotten man, as, for weeks, he was in a holding pattern in Fort Myers, Fla., in his rebound from mononucleosis. But manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Lowrie has been doing better of late.
"The last, I guess, four or five days to a week, he's been able to do a lot more of the back-to-back things when he does something physical," Francona said. "Before, it was when he did something, the next day, he would really have to take a day to rebound. He's doing a lot more back to back days."
Lowrie has resumed some baseball activities.
"He's hitting off the tee some," Francona said. "He's doing some of those things. Again, the level of intensity is not a lot yet. He is able to start doing some lifting, that's not just body weight, things like that. I think the hope is that in the next couple of weeks, you start to see a real turn, where his energy level returns. I think he's down 10 pounds from when this happened, but he's leveled off. Hopefully he'll start gaining some strength back and really get after it."
After day off, Drew back in Red Sox's lineup
BOSTON -- After a day of rest, J.D. Drew was back in the Red Sox's lineup on Sunday, hoping the hits will start falling. The left-handed hitter is hitting .158 with two homers and seven RBIs, the bulk of that production coming from one hit -- a grand slam.
"I'm getting there, you know? I still have a ways to go, but it' not bad," said Drew, who singled in his first at-at Sunday. "Could be better, could be worse. I just have to continue to do what I'm doing. See the ball and hit it. I've felt better the last week or so. Things will turn around."
Drew doesn't feel he's that far off.
"I was just fouling off some pitches that were right there, that I should have been putting in play," he said. "Other than that, it was just a string of not putting the ball in play and things like that. I feel like I've done a better job of that over about the last week."
The beginning of the season is probably the hardest time for a player to slump.
"Everything is so magnified, not just from [the media], but from myself as well," Drew said. "You look up and see your numbers, but you've only got 50 or 60 at-bats. I kind of remind myself that I've got 500 or 600 at-bats left to go. I just need to get some multihit games in there. That would be nice."
Drew went 2-for-4 on Sunday for his first multihit game of the season.
Cameron, Ellsbury to join club on road trip
BOSTON -- Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston's starting outfielders who are both on the disabled list, will travel with the team for the upcoming road trip to Toronto and Baltimore.
However, neither is on the verge of a return to the lineup. Ellsbury has felt slight improvement with the hairline fracture of four of his left ribs, but he still can't execute a swing at 100 percent intensity. Cameron, who has a lower abdominal strain, is hoping to slowly transition back to baseball activities this week.
"I'm feeling better and better," said Cameron. "I'm working on core stuff, stretching out my legs, just trying to build some strength before doing anything small exercises. Small stuff. I'm going to start throwing tomorrow -- light toss."
Cameron will also do some swimming and hopes to start swinging off the tee at some point during the week.
"If they weren't able to do baseball things, we would have left them home," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I don't think we have any idea on timetables, but if they're going to travel with us, they're going to be able to some baseball things, which is good."
Closer Jonathan Papelbon won't pitch on Sunday after throwing 23 pitches on Friday and another 18 on Saturday. Look for Daniel Bard or Hideki Okajima to get the call if a save situation presents itself. ... Lefty Alan Embree, who was re-signed by the Red Sox on a Minor League deal a month ago, is pitching well at Triple-A Pawtucket. He can become a free agent if the Red Sox don't activate him by Friday. ... When Marco Scutaro and Kevin Youkilis both hit three-run blasts in the seventh inning on Saturday night, it marked the first time the Sox had two homers totaling at least three runs in the same inning since Aug. 12, 2008, in a 19-17 victory over the Rangers.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.