Pawtucket shortstop Jed Lowrie has not played in a week after sustaining a wrist injury in a second-base collision in a May 16 game at Buffalo. The 24-year-old switch-hitter was struggling to get it going in the International League, batting just .200/.365/.375 through 40 at-bats. It was a different story, though, during his 17-game callup to the Red Sox. While predominately filling in for an injured Mike Lowell at third base, Lowrie batted .310/.340/.476 in 42 at-bats.
First baseman Brandon Moss, Lowrie’s Pawtucket teammate in each of the past two seasons, returned to IL action Thursday after an appendectomy shelved him for nearly a month. The injury came at an inopportune time for the 24-year-old Moss, who had started in right field (his natural position) in four straight games for Boston, going 2-for-4 with a homer in the last of those, and had a chance to earn more playing time. Still rusty after the layoff, Moss went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his first game back, but he redeemed himself with a 2-for-3 showing (with a triple) last night. He’s batting .267/.327/.433 in 90 at-bats for Pawtucket.
Further down the line, high Class A Lancaster first baseman Lars Anderson hasn’t played since May 17 and is day-to-day with a wrist injury. Still just 20, Anderson is hitting .277/.383/.484 in 159 California League at-bats. While he’s certainly played well considering his age and experience, the 6-foot-4 lefthanded hitter has managed a modest .231/.355/.397 away from Lancaster’s supercharged Clear Channel Stadium.
Contributing: Ben Badler, Nathan Rode
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