Lowrie heads back to Minors

Lowrie sent down to make room for Cora

MINNEAPOLIS -- If you have to take a trip down to the Minors, it's always best to leave on a high note. Jed Lowrie, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday so the Red Sox could activate Alex Cora off the 15-day disabled list, did just that.

Lowrie departs after going 3-for-4 with his first Major League homer on Saturday night. Cora, who has recovered from a sprained right elbow, went immediately into the lineup at shortstop on Mother's Day as Julio Lugo got another breather following a blow to the head in Friday's game against the Twins.

The Red Sox held off a day in activating Sean Casey (strained right hip) so that they had adequate pitching reinforcements for Sunday's game.

For Lowrie, it'll be a chance for him to play every day and sharpen his infield skills at Pawtucket.

"Hopefully I'll be back soon," Lowrie said. "I'll continue to work on what I was working on up here. The biggest thing is going down there and not letting myself fall into a trap of saying I should be up there. It's a matter of showing up every day and getting my work in."

Lowrie said he anticipates playing shortstop about six days a week and perhaps playing second or third once a week.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he doesn't know how much more recovery time Lugo might need.

"He got a CT scan during [Saturday's] game, which came back negative," Francona said. "He certainly looks a lot clearer today."

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.