Jed Lowrie begins long road back to Boston at Single-A

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Jed Lowrie looked like a long-term piece of the Red Sox’s infield after a solid rookie showing in 2008, but missed nearly all of last season with a broken wrist and sat out the first three months of this season with mono.
He finally returned to game action last night, albeit at Single-A, reaching base three times as the Lowell Spinners’ designated hitter. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal notes that Lowrie’s minor league rehab assignment will expire on July 25, but the Red Sox could simply option him to the minors if he’s not ready for the majors by then.
His injuries led to the Red Sox signing Marco Scutaro to a multi-year contract this offseason, so the shortstop job is no longer there for the taking and Lowrie will likely have to settle for being a utility man at this point. He’s still just 26 years old.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.