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Jed Lowrie to Return This Week

According to ESPN's Joe McDonald, middle infielder Jed Lowrie will join Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Manny Delcarmen on the long list of returning Red Sox players this week when he is activated tomorrow.

After a hot start with the club in 2008, Jed Lowrie has been battling with a broken wrist which seems to have been grossly mismanaged, shutting him down for most of 2009 as well. Lowrie was likely set to start the year with the Red Sox, but had his plans derailed by a case of mono which left him sidelined until a few weeks ago.

A switch hitter, the wrist injury had sapped Lowrie's effectiveness from the left side of the plate leading to horrible production despite no significant career splits in the minor leagues. Lowrie has been extremely successful in his surprisingly short 10 game rehab stint, managing a line of .367/.447/.600 between Lowell and Pawtucket including some great numbers from the left side.

Lowrie will likely provide a true backup infielder for Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia for the rest of the season, and perhaps take over some of the fill-in duty while Pedroia is still on the disabled list.