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Jed Lowrie hopes cortisone injection eases shoulder pain

Sep 16, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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Jed Lowrie is hitting just .213 since coming off the disabled list in early August, including a current 0-for-16 slump, and yesterday the Red Sox infielder got a cortisone injection in an effort to play through season-long shoulder problems.

Lowrie missed six weeks after injuring his shoulder in May and told Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com that getting the injection was an easy decision:

I wanted to do whatever I could to be out there and to help the team and really just get the shoulder feeling better. And [team doctors] said it would do all that. You play the hand that you’re dealt, but I think the hand I’ve been dealt right now, it’s tough to deal with. It’s tough to hit when your shoulder’s inflamed and all sorts of things are going on at once. I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure I can help this team win, however I can.

Prior to the injury Lowrie was hitting well enough to leapfrog Marco Scutaro on the shortstop depth chart, but at this point in the season he’s little more than a utility man. And at age 27 his lengthy history of health problems have kept Lowrie from emerging as a reliable regular.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Going into the season, the Red Sox were favored to win it all. They had a great off season and seemed to have a strong pitching staff. They were done in by a slow start and injuries. Several key players are banged up and would not be playing if the the team had locked up their playoff spot. I get the impression that the majority of Sox fans realize that even if their team makes the playoffs it would take a miracle to win the World Series. Boston fans now seem to be turning their hopes to the Patriots and the Bruins.

    Next season will be interesting. Papelbon becomes a free agent. Drew, Tek and Wakefield should be gone into retirement. An infusion of youthful enthusiasm would be beneficial next season.

    • pisano - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      proudly… I’m starting to think this team is jinxed. The last two years have been a who’s who on the DL, and this isn’t an old team, these are pretty young guys going down. As far as Papelbon goes, Bard made sure the Sox will resign him, he has failed this year. This was is (Bard) audition year and he didn’t do too well. The thing he did well was show Boston he’s not ready. He reminds me of Farnsworth of the Rays, alot of heat but his ball is too straight and sometimes he can’t even control the straightness. I’d be real nervous if I was a Sox fan, the Rays pitching is going to hurt them.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        I’m waaay past nervous.

        I’ve already given up on the Red Sox. This team is terminally screwed.

        I still say their training and conditioning program is highly-suspect. There is no other team that has suffered such a spate of high-profile injuries for two years running now.

        A thorough audit of their practices should be ordered by the higher-ups.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    The Rays remain on script. They have scored the first runs.

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