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Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie to ‘split’ shortstop for Red Sox

Aug 8, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

Jed Lowrie swinging

Jed Lowrie is set to return from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, so manager Terry Francona explained that Marco Scutaro no longer has a lock on the everyday shortstop job.

“Now that we will have Jed back, we can kind of split it up,” Francona told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “Because Jed’s not ready to be out there every day, we can look at day game/night game, matchups and hopefully get the most out of both of them.”

Prior to the injury Lowrie had moved past Scutaro on the depth chart, but Scutaro has started 41 of 45 games there since Lowrie went down.

However, prior to last night’s four-hit effort against the Yankees Scutaro batted just .250 with a .668 OPS during that time and Francona made it pretty clear that he’s willing play whichever shortstop emerges with the hottest bat down the stretch. If healthy, Lowrie should have the upper hand. But that’s a pretty huge if and Scutaro’s big night might buy him a little time initially.

  1. APBA Guy - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    It looks to me like Scutaro is still a bit better at short defensively than Lowrie, but I only see the Sox a few games a year.

    How does it look to the Sox regulars?

    • Glenn - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Neither one is going to get a Gold Glove, but neither one is as bad as reigning Gold Glover Jeter.

  2. Joe - Aug 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Jed’s had a bit of a rough year with the glove, IMO, but his bat justifies his glove. For some reason, Lowrie’s defensive metrics have been pretty good in previous years, but I think the sample sizes still aren’t where they need to be.

    • JBerardi - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      Lowrie is a very good defensive infielder, he just doesn’t really have the range for shortstop.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I don’t understand the “and that’s a big if” part.

    He traumatized a nerve which started mis-signaling a muscle in his shoulder. He suffered at the plate. And you could see his timing was off in the weeks leading up to his DL stint. The Red Sox wanted to make sure they got the diagnosis correct and rehab him accordingly. Lowrie did just that. He’s confident he’s strong again. The Red Sox are confident he strong again.

    I’m betting that Lowrie does get hot. He’s a more dangerous bat than a lot of people realize – and that includes Boston.

    • Jack Marshall - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Lowrie’s a terrific hitter when healthy…Pedroia good, even. If he ever could stay in the line-up, he’d be a star.

    • JBerardi - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      “I don’t understand the ‘and that’s a big if’ part.”

      Jed Lowrie has played one full, healthy season in his entire pro career.

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Aug 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Give me Jed offensively and defensively over Scutaro . Switch hitter , when hes off and hes not hitting well , he is about as good as Scutaro , but when he is hitting like he was in the beginning of the year he is much better then Scutaro. Although marco looked pretty good last night , can’t count on that from him on a regular basis.

  5. patsandsox - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    If Jed could just stay healthy he reminds me of another Pedrioa. The problem is he cant last a month without getting hurt. If they can put him in bubble wrap or something he could be really good. He is a darn good hitter, hits from both sides and plays hard.

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