Francona will give Lowrie long look at short
Gordon Edes, Globe Staff wrote:ANAHEIM, Calif. - Julio Lugo has not begun rehabilitating from a torn left quadriceps muscle, which means the Red Sox should get a good gauge on whether Jed Lowrie will be their shortstop of the future.
Lowrie, who went hitless in four at-bats after replacing Lugo July 12, the day after Lugo was injured, got his second start yesterday at short since Lugo went on the DL.
"We want to play this kid a little bit," manager Terry Francona said before the game. "This kid is steady. He has good at-bats, and kind of looks like Bill Mueller. I'm not sure that's not exciting."
The biggest question surrounding the switch-hitting Lowrie is his ability to play short.
"He'll be measured by some by balls that he can't get to," Francona said. "But if he makes the routine plays consistently, makes the plays he's supposed to make, that's a good shortstop.
"You take someone's whole game, add it together, and ask, does it help you win games?"
Lowrie's game was a mixed bag yesterday. He started a nice double play in the fourth, but was eaten up by Torii Hunter's ball that exploded at his feet and continued into left field for a base hit that proved vital to the Angels' four-run rally in the seventh.
"He hit that right him," Francona said. "He put his glove down, but it went by him. That ball was crushed.
"Overall, I thought he did very well. He looked very natural. He had his feet under him. It was good to see."
Lowrie singled in the fifth, but struck out on three pitches from Angels reliever Scot Shields with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
"I haven't seen him play a ton," Francona said. "I'm looking forward to it."