ST. PETERSBURG -- Corner infielder/designated hitter Mike Lowell is eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as Friday, but that will not happen.
Lowell's right hip is still troublesome enough that he has not progressed to baseball activities. In fact, because his rehab program has been slow to develop, manager Terry Francona allowed Lowell to return to his Miami-area home and spend time with his family while the Red Sox are in St. Petersburg playing the Rays.
Lowell has a personal trainer near his home, so it is uncertain if he will accompany the Sox to Toronto this weekend or stay in South Florida through the All-Star break.
The veteran and former World Series Most Valuable Player was used sparingly this season even before getting injured, hitting .213 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 80 at-bats.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.