FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at the team's minor league training facility on Saturday morning. After an offseason spent under the supervision of medical trainers -- a hockey trainer in Toronto, where he lived with his fiancee, and a tennis trainer in the Tampa Bay area, where he worked out starting in mid-January -- Lowrie suggested that he feels that he has a better sense of what he needs to do to stay healthy in order to get his career once again moving forward.
"I think we went down the wrong path last year. We never really figured out what was going on," said Lowrie, who underwent surgery to remove the ulna styloid bone in his left wrist last April, then endured discomfort after he returned. "We never really got on a path that worked last year. I feel like I had a chance this offseason to kind of reset and find that way.
"I played all of 2008 with a broken wrist. I don’t feel like I need to prove I’m tough enough. I just need to get healthy."
Lowrie resisted saying whether he viewed the possibility of an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he could play every day, as a superior option to a major league bench role from the standpoint of getting his career back on the right developmental path. The 25-year-old said that he wanted to keep an "open dialogue" with the club to determine what would be better for his career, not just in 2010 but for the long haul.
"You can look at this season as a rebound season, but I’m looking to have a long career. I’m not looking to just have one season," Lowrie said. "Every year that I come into camp, I want to be the starting shortstop. I don’t look at it as just this year, all or nothing. I look at it as, I want to build a career. That’s why I want to make sure that I fix this and I get this right. I’m not looking at it from just a this-year standpoint."
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