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RED SOX NOTEBOOK 2009-04-18


RED SOX NOTEBOOK 2009-04-18
Jed Lowrie's 2009 season might be over.

The shortstop will visit Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona today to have his ailing left wrist examined. Lowrie said there's a possibility he'll need surgery, which ``would essentially be the season.''

``The last thing I want is surgery,'' Lowrie said. ``But if it's something that will make this better and be the long-term solution, I'll do it.''

The wrist has been bothering Lowrie since last May. He played with a small break down the stretch and was clearly hampered, particularly from the left side. He arrived at spring training believing the wrist had healed to 90-percent of its original strength and backed up that contention by batting .340.

But after playing the Yankees on March 24, he began feeling pain. He opened the season 1-for-18 before telling manager Terry Francona there was a problem on Sunday. He has been on the disabled list since.

``The first question I'm asked is if I'm depressed, feeling down,'' Lowrie said. ``Maybe I'm in better spirits because I have more questions than answers. Maybe I need surgery. It's about me finding out what I need to do and embarking on that to get myself healthy. I'm optimistic about it. I'm optimistic to get as much info as I can and go forward from there.''

Lowrie said he has three options. One is to continue a course of rest and rehab and hope the wrist improves. Another is to combine cortisone shots with other measures to get him through the season before undergoing surgery in October or November. The last is to perform surgery immediately and either remove or repair the broken bone.

``I'm not going in wanting surgery,'' Lowrie said, ``but if that's what it's going to take for me to feel good, then that's what I'm going to do.''

Penny struggles

Brad Penny's line in last night's 10-8 victory against the Orioles looked worrisomely like many of his lines last year, when injuries wrecked his season.

But the three-inning, eight-run performance otherwise bore no similarities to 2008.

``Last year it was a lot harder to take,'' Penny said. ``When you pitch and do badly and you're hurt, it's a whole different story. Tonight, my velocity was consistent, everything felt great. I felt unbelievable tonight.''

Penny was hurt by walks (five) and a nice guess by Nick Markakis, who sat on a good curveball and golfed it out to center for a second-inning grand slam.

``Usually a curveball, they're going to put their front foot down first, but he was waiting back on it,'' Penny said. ``He hit a great pitch.''

Waiting on Wieters

The best prospect in Baseball left last night's Triple-A Norfolk game with a tweaked hamstring, but it's only a matter of time before catcher Matt Wieters is behind the plate in Baltimore.

The No. 5 pick in the 2007 draft out of Georgia Tech, Wieters is a 6-foot-5, switch-hitting behemoth who debuted with 27 home runs and 91 RBI at two minor league stops last year en route to Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award. . . .

With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list, the Sox announced Justin Masterson will take his start on Monday against the Orioles, with Tim Wakefield getting an extra day of rest before starting against the Twins on Tuesday. . . .

The Red Sox are still gathering information for Josh Beckett's appeal of a six-game suspension. . . .

Julio Lugo and Mark Kotsay each got at-bats in Fort Myers as part of their respective rehabs. . . .

Like Lowrie, Matsuzaka met with Dr. Thomas Gill, though there was no immediate word on the pitcher's condition. He is currently battling arm fatigue.

Read the Clubhouse Insider at bostonherald.com.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 18, 2009

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