Lowrie exits with left shoulder tightness

Lowrie exits with left shoulder tightness

BOSTON -- Jed Lowrie was removed in the fourth inning of Saturday's 12-7 win over the Rangers due to left shoulder tightness and will likely be held out of Sunday's series finale, manager Terry Francona said.

Lowrie had started the game at shortstop, despite the right-handed Colby Lewis on the mound, and went for 1-for-2 with an RBI single before his departure. He was replaced in the bottom of the fourth by Mike Aviles, who roped an RBI single during Boston's eight-run outburst and finished the day 2-for-3.

"Jed's just stiff," said Francona. "I think probably from a little bit of fatigue. He's played a lot. He just grabbed me on the way up. I don't think we'll play him tomorrow, but he'll certainly be available, so we're OK there. That might be me overreacting a little bit. [I] just don't want to lose guys."

Lowrie missed nearly two months earlier this year with a left shoulder strain. The 27-year-old has yet to accumulate more than 300 at-bats in a season with the Red Sox.

Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.