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09/06/09 3:00 PM ET

Lowrie's season may end in Minors

Club may shut down shortstop following Monday's game

CHICAGO -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie will start one of the games in Triple-A Pawtucket's Sunday doubleheader and likely play in its season finale on Monday. There's at least a chance his season will be over after that.

It has been a lost season for Lowrie, who came into Spring Training thinking he was over the left wrist woes that plagued him in 2008. Before April was out, Lowrie had left wrist surgery, something he hoped would enable him to have a strong second half.

But the switch-hitter returned to action the third game after the All-Star break, but he never could get into a groove offensively. He was forced to shut it down again on Aug. 7 with ulnar neuritis.

Lowrie has played 19 games for the Red Sox in 2009, hitting .143 with one homer and seven RBIs.

On Aug. 14, the Red Sox got themselves a shortstop, re-acquiring Alex Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds.

Given that Lowrie is still regaining the strength back in his wrist, the Red Sox might make the determination that it's best he start looking ahead to 2010.

"I guess that's a decision we'll have to make," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I don't know. We've, obviously, been thinking about it and we'll try to make the proper decision. I don't think we know what that is yet. It's definitely a possibility. It's been kind of day-to-day. He's had good days. He's had some that aren't so good. That's kind of where we're at."

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