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Time to make a move

Roster space needed with Lowrie, Lowell returning

By Adam Kilgore
Globe Staff / July 17, 2009
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TORONTO - Julio Lugo was the only Red Sox player who did not attend a mandatory workout last night, an absence manager Terry Francona said owed to a communication mix-up.

So while Lugo’s nonappearance may have been a coincidence, it may also have been a fitting sign for his future with the club.

The Red Sox will certainly make one roster move today to make room for Clay Buchholz, tonight’s starting pitcher. They may also make a move soon that could cut ties with Lugo, the shortstop whose lukewarm tenure began in 2007 and could end as soon as this weekend.

With Jed Lowrie nearing his return from wrist surgery, the Red Sox need to make space for him. A report yesterday afternoon stated the Sox are “desperate’’ to trade Lugo because of Lowrie’s imminent comeback. The Sox could also release Lugo, according to the report.

For now, the Red Sox have made nothing official. Lowrie went 0 for 4 for Pawtucket last night, and Francona said the Red Sox wanted to watch him before making any decisions.

“Maybe, maybe not,’’ Francona said when asked if there would be a second roster move today. “That’s the best I can do. We just don’t know for sure. Our move or moves, we’ll make [today].’’

Even if Lowrie cannot return until tomorrow, third baseman Mike Lowell is also ready to return from the disabled list. “He showed up with a smile and he’s ready to go,’’ Francona said.

Pedroia makes trip
Dustin Pedroia returned after withdrawing from the All-Star Game to be with his hospitalized and pregnant wife, Kelli. While Kelli is stable, Francona said, Pedroia still could head back to Boston to be with her during the Sox’ six-game road trip.

“He may have to leave at some point,’’ Francona said. “If he does, it’s with our blessing. As long as he’s comfortable being here, great. As soon as he’s not comfortable being here, he’ll be gone. That’s how we feel about it.’’

Kotsay feeling better
Mark Kotsay was in good spirits during the workout, his ailing right calf having improved during the All-Star break. “These four days were huge for Kots,’’ Francona said. “He needed it.’’ . . . The workout was optional for the five Red Sox All-Stars who attended the game in St. Louis. Jonathan Papelbon was the lone participating All-Star who attended the workout . . . Aaron Bates made the trip here with the team, but he will presumably be sent back to Pawtucket to make room for Buchholz on the roster. After a slow start, Bates went 4 for 11 in his week with the Sox, including 3 for 4 last Sunday.

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