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Second opinion for Jed Lowrie while Bobby Jenks makes progress

06.20.11 at 6:24 pm ET
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Another Red Sox player is headed West to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum as Jed Lowrie will travel to Los Angeles this week to get a second opinion on his sore left shoulder.

“Jed is going to leave [Tuesday], fly to LA and see Dr. Yocum on Wednesday,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’ll have the pictures [taken] and he’ll see him in person, which we feel like there’s no reason for him not to go. He’s not playing anyway so let’s have him examined in person and that’ll be good.”

Lowrie injured the left shoulder on a collision with Carl Crawford in Detroit on May 27.

“I think it’s everybody, it’s not just one-sided, just trying to figure out what’s going on,” Lowrie said after Monday’s game as he readied for his trip out West. “I’d just love him to say it’s normal from the collision and just a little time and rehab and it’ll be back to 100 percent.”

Lowrie returned to action but was taken out of last Thursday’s game at Tampa after one inning after complaining that the shoulder felt like it slipped out of joint. He was placed on the DL on Saturday.

“It hasn’t gotten worse but it’s about the same,” Lowrie said. “I don’t think there’s anything else to read into it. It’s just that we both want to make sure we know what we’re dealing with. I don’t want to say [rest] hasn’t helped, it’s just been a little slower than I had hoped. I’m just going to find out. Nothing I can do, just find out what’s going on.”

Lowrie said he’s fully confident he’ll be able to return to the level he played at early in the season.

“I know what I’m capable of as a player and we’re going to figure out what’s going and I’m going to be back on the field and doing what I know I’m capable of doing.”

Daisuke Matsuzaka visited Dr. Yocum several weeks ago and received the second opinion that led to Matsuzaka undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow.

Lowrie was batting a hefty .386 this year against left-handed pitching while batting just .206 against righties. Lowrie had a tear in late April that had his average up to .400 before ending April batting .368. He batted just .261 in May and just .111 in nine games in June before hitting the disabled list over the weekend.

The news was better with Bobby Jenks, who threw Monday from flat ground. He began his second stint of the season on the DL with left back stiffness on June 8.

“Bobby actually had a really good day,” Francona said. “He threw out to 200 feet and threw some flat ground. If he shows up [Tuesday] with no ill effects from that, he might even take it to the mound a little bit. Not a full-fledged side but just kind of getting back on that downhill plane. But he had a real good day, best day, by far.

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