Second opinion confirms Jed Lowrie doesn’t need surgery

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Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list after feeling his left shoulder pop out of the socket last Thursday, but the Red Sox’s medical staff advised against surgery and a second opinion yesterday from Dr. Lewis Yocum agreed.

Lowrie originally injured his shoulder in a collision with Carl Crawford on May 29 and ineffectively played through the pain until things popped out of place last week, hitting just .128.

He’s been diagnosed with a merely strained shoulder, although Sean McAdam of CSN New England notes that even before the DL-inducing incident last week “Lowrie had been frustrated that … the shoulder was not getting much better.”

Rays acquire Wilmer Font from Athletics

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In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.

This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.

Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.