Jul 21, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT
Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list.
After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts before the injury to make his first All-Star team.
Lowrie hasn’t played for the Red Sox yet this season and hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2008, yet manager Terry Francona has him in the starting lineup tonight against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Lowrie will start at shortstop, giving Marco Scutaro his first break since June 15.
Lowrie went 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in 10 rehab games split between Single-A and Triple-A, likely speeding up his initial return timetable by hitting so well. He’s highly unlikely to supplant Scutaro as the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop, but even claiming a utility man role would be a victory for Lowrie after two injury wrecked years.
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