|Lowrie resumes his rehab||06.27.09 at 7:16 pm ET|
Jed Lowrie absentmindedly rubbed his left wrist as he spoke Saturday in front of his locker before the Paw Sox home game against Syracuse. Now almost 10 weeks removed from the surgery to repair that area, the wrist — which Lowrie said was at 85 percent of his right wrist when he was last tested a few weeks ago — is less of an impediment to the shortstop’s return to the majors than is the need to simply get back in playing shape.
Lowrie returned to the lineup on Saturday night with Triple-A Pawtucket against Syracuse to resume his rehab with the PawSox. He was in just his third game since undergoing his surgery in mid-April on Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in the left knee on Tuesday during his first at bat in Norfolk. He remained in the game singling in the top of the third eventually scoring on an Aaron Bates double.
With the three days off, Lowrie’s efforts to regain his timing at the plate and his game stamina have been slowed, at least temporarily.
“I don’t have a timetable right now,” Lowrie said. “The pitch to my knee didn’t help on Tuesday. It’s only my third real game back because of Tuesday so I’m just looking to get at bats.”
The Sox followed a conservative course in getting the 25-year-old shortstop back into the field.
“It tightened up on him so we’re obviously taking our time on it,” said Paw Sox manager Ron Johnson. “He rehabbed for a couple days and yesterday he went out for a full pre-game. I talked to him this morning at the airport and he flew back today, not with us, and he said he was ready to go tonight.”
“He hasn’t played a lot,” Johnson continued. “The focus with Jed is to make sure he’s ready. This is almost like a ‘re-spring training’ for him.
While Lowrie is eager to return, he also recognizes that he will do himself few favors by rushing his rehab or becoming frustrated by the pace of his progress.
“I know I’m a major league shortstop and I believe in myself,” said Lowrie. “I’ll be back as soon as I can get back.”
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