Lowrie Ready For His Shot At Short

Healthy again, Red Sox INF Jed Lowrie awaits turn

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – The past three years have been filled with health
problems for Boston Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie.
      A wrist injury hampered him in 2008 and 2009 and mononucleosis
put him on the disabled list for the first 94 games last year. But
now he's healthy enough to play every day and manager Terry
Francona thinks he could handle that role. There just isn't an
opening in Boston's loaded lineup.
      Lowrie said Thursday before the Boston baseball writers annual
dinner that the main thing for him is being healthy again. He said
he'll go to spring training and see what happens as far as his
role.
      Francona sees the 26-year-old Lowrie as a valuable backup who
can play all four infield positions. But the manager said Marco
Scutaro remains his starting shortstop.
      
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