Lowrie headed west to get second opinion

Lowrie headed west to get second opinion

Lowrie headed west to get second opinion
BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie will head to Southern California on Tuesday to get his ailing left shoulder examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Lowrie's appointment with Yocum is scheduled for Wednesday.

"He'll have the pictures and he'll see him in person, which I think we feel like, there's no reason for him not to go," manager Terry Francona said. "He's not playing anyway. Let's have him examined in person, and that will be good."

Lowrie is on the 15-day disabled list with what the club has diagnosed as a left shoulder strain. The injury occurred on May 29 in Detroit, when Lowrie collided with teammate Carl Crawford.

"I'd just love for him to say, 'It's just normal from the collision. Just a little time and rehab and you'll be back to 100 percent,'" said Lowrie.

While he hasn't played since last Thursday, Lowrie said of the injury "hasn't gotten worse" and is "still about the same."

Whether it was left wrist woes that lingered for two seasons or the severe case of mononucleosis he went through early last season, Lowrie has spent more time than he'd like off the active roster.

But he isn't getting down.

"I know what I'm capable of as a player and I know that we're going to figure out what's going on and I'm going to get back on the field and know what I'm capable of doing," Lowrie said.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.