Shortstop a daily evaluation for Francona

Shortstop a daily evaluation for Francona

TORONTO -- Between health issues and inconsistent performances, the Red Sox have done a lot of mixing and matching at shortstop this season between Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro, who had four hits in Tuesday's 14-0 win over the Blue Jays, was back in the lineup Wednesday. The fact that he was 5-for-9 lifetime against Jays righty Brandon Morrow had as much to do with that as the four-hit game. Scutaro promptly went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Boston's 11-10 loss.

Perhaps Lowrie will start Thursday, when the Sox face lefty Ricky Romero. Lowrie has been drastically better against lefties (.347 average) than righties (.220).

Does Francona envision having a primary shortstop as the club gets closer to the postseason?

"You know what, I don't know," Francona said. "I guess it depends on how we're playing and how guys are playing. I understand the question. I just don't know how to answer it three weeks ahead of time. It seems like things change daily, if not weekly."

Francona will continue to take all the information he has and try to make the best decision each day.

"I guess I would just fall back on the answer -- I'll put us in what I think is in our best position to win," Francona said. "We'll see what that is. I don't think it's necessary to have one guy be the shortstop. At the same time, maybe there's a hot hand. I don't know. We'll see."

Lowrie last played on Saturday, but had to exit when he had recurring stiffness in his left shoulder, an injury that had him on the disabled list earlier in the year.

Scutaro has started the last four games.