ST. PETERSBURG -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie, who has been working his way back from mononucleosis in the relative solitude of the team's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., paid a visit to his former teammates on Monday.
There is still no set timetable for Lowrie to begin a Minor League rehab assignment, as the symptoms of mono have not disappeared entirely. Lowrie was diagnosed with mono roughly halfway through Spring Training.
How is he feeling?
"A lot better than I did a couple of months ago, that's for sure," said Lowrie. "I've been going back and forth between lifting and doing baseball activity. I'm working my way back in. I'm starting to put weight back on, which is a good thing."
Lowrie lost about 12 pounds during the ordeal.
"It was bad," Lowrie said. "I'd sleep 12 hours a night and wake up tired. It wasn't any fun. It's taken awhile, and it's going to take awhile to build back up, too."
Boston's starting shortstop down the stretch in 2008, Lowrie was hindered by left wrist problems for all of 2009. He thinks the wrist has gotten better.
"I've been working real hard with Brad Pearson, the head Minor League athletic trainer, and we've set out some real good goals about getting my wrist better," Lowrie said. "Maybe that's the silver lining in all this, is that it gives my wrist a chance to get better."
What will Lowrie do during his brief visit with the Red Sox?
"He's going to go out and take some ground balls with us. He'll hit in the cage with [hitting coach Dave Magadan]," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We're trying to get him up to Boston towards the middle of the week just to see the medical people up there just for a couple of days.
"He looks a lot stronger than the last time we saw him. When you haven't seen a guy for awhile, it's kind of nice ... he was looking a little weak the last time we saw him. He was walking kind of slow. Nice to see him looking stronger. It will be interesting to watch him out on the field, see how he's moving around."