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Lowrie to undergo wrist surgery

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Boston Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left wrist Tuesday in Arizona and is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, according to a major league source.

The Red Sox and Lowrie decided on the surgery after Lowrie was examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan on Monday. The wrist has plagued Lowrie since last May. Lowrie seemed to recover from the injury over the winter with rest and rehabilitation. He had been one of Boston's best hitters in spring training. But the discomfort in his wrist returned toward the end of spring training. He began the regular season with one hit in 18 at-bats before being placed on the disabled list.

Lowrie was in agreement with the decision to undergo corrective surgery now rather than facing the possibility of another setback later after another period of rest for the wrist. The Red Sox had feared Lowrie might be the lost for the entire season.

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