PITTSBURGH -- Both Jed Lowrie and Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to their teams' series opener against the Pirates at PNC Park Friday that it had been determined that a nerve in Lowrie's left shoulder had shut down the muscles in the area, leading to the injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Lowrie, who has been suffering with soreness in the area since colliding left fielder Carl Crawford May 27, had sought a second opinion with Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier this week after an initial diagnosis had shown no structural damage to the shoulder.
"The nerve shut down the whole area," Lowrie said. "We knew the [scapula] wasn't moving properly and the shoulder had some weakness. I was never told anything about the nerve.
"It's going to be hard work to move properly and get that strength back, but I think we have a heading at this point and know exactly what is going on."
Francona said there is no timetable for the return of Lowrie, who was placed on the disabled list June 17.
"There's no getting around he bruised that nerve so it shut down the muscles a little bit, which is what happens. That happens you lose strength, you take a swing, it probably felt like it popped out, and maybe it did a little bit. We've got to get that thing to calm down and get his strength back so he can be the player we want," Francona said. "The good news is structurally he's in good shape. Some of the worst case scenarios were eliminated. But he's sore and I think the doctors recognize that so we just have to get it better."
Lowrie had been in a 1-for-18 slump prior to hitting the DL, and is batting .270 with a .723 OPS with three home runs for the season.
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