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08/11/09 9:05 PM ET

Red Sox optimistic on Lowrie's injury

Tests show there's nothing seriously wrong with left wrist

BOSTON -- Early indications have led the Red Sox to be optimistic that there is nothing seriously wrong with shortstop Jed Lowrie, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with ulnar neuritis in his left wrist.

Lowrie underwent an electromyography (EMG) exam on Monday in Arizona from Dr. Donald Sheridan, who also performed his wrist surgery in April.

"He came through the MRI and the EMG -- there's nothing there that we don't want to see," said manager Terry Francona. "He had some nerve irritation, mild, which created the tingling. He's going to be looked at again on Friday out there. Then they'll turn him loose."

From there, it will be a matter of which medication and rehab exercises can get Lowrie back on the field in the timeliest fashion.

"They're giving him some oral meds that I think will calm it down," Francona said. "We'll work on his strength, and they think he's going to be just fine. So that was good news. I think the biggest thing out of this is, first of all, nothing's wrong, and the second thing is, the next time he feels it, he has a better chance of playing through it because he [won't] think he's going to have to have another surgery."

Nick Green has been getting all of the playing time at short since Lowrie went back on the DL. Chris Woodward, claimed off waivers from the Mariners, has been used off the bench in late-inning situations.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.