06/11/09 7:55 PM ET
End of Lowrie's rehab stint in sight
Shortstop gradually nearing return to Sox after wrist injury
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Though the Red Sox's short-season Class A affiliate doesn't begin a game schedule until June 19, there will be some workouts there early next week in which Lowrie will participate.
The shortstop underwent left wrist surgery on April 21.
"I think I just want to try to get back into the feeling, more than anything else," said Lowrie. "I haven't been in the box, where guys are trying to get me out, and that's a different feeling when you step up to the box. I'm getting back into the swing of things as far as trying to simulate the game as closely as possible -- and obviously you can't simulate the game like it is at Fenway -- but we'll get as close as we can."
After Lowrie spends two days in Lowell, the Red Sox will decide whether to send him to a rehab assignment in Florida or Triple-A Pawtucket.
How many at-bats does Lowrie need before returning to the active roster?
"I don't know that a number is going to be appropriate," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "It's going to be all on how he feels. What we're really trying to get accomplished is have him feel really confident in his wrist and then let him play in games. It will almost be like Spring Training, but we don't want him thinking about rehabbing. Once he plays, he's going to have to get his body back in playing shape, which takes a little while. That's why we're trying to do this -- like I said -- a ramp to get to the games."
Though Lowrie admits that he can finally see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, he vowed not to look too far ahead.
"Once I get back in there, I'll hopefully [be activated] in a couple of weeks," Lowrie said. "I think we're going to try to spread out the at-bats -- do three one day, maybe take a day off. I don't know exactly the schedule. I don't think I'm just going to jump right into playing nine innings.
"It's exciting for me to feel like that, but at the same time, I kind of have to stay in the moment and continue to push through with my wrist because it's not where it needs to be, but it's almost there."
Lowrie figures to become the primary shortstop once he is back on the roster. Julio Lugo, who was on the bench for the fifth straight game on Wednesday night, has seemingly fallen off the radar. Nick Green has made steady contributions since overcoming an early-season defensive slump.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.