ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie, whose left shoulder has been bothering him for nearly three weeks, may be headed for the disabled list after leaving Thursday's game in the first inning.
Lowrie said he felt like his shoulder came out of the socket while striking out with the bases loaded against Rays left-hander David Price.
"It's sore,'' Lowrie said. "It felt like it slipped out. It wasn't out, but it felt like it came out and went back in.''
Asked if he thought he might have to shut it down, Lowire said: "I don't know. I've never dealt with this before.''
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Lowrie would be re-evaluated by doctors back in Boston on Friday.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, who was at Thursday night's Pawtucket game, said infielder Drew Sutton came out of the game in the seventh inning, which suggests he may be on his way back to Boston. Marco Scutaro replaced Lowrie in the bottom of the first and played shortstop, singling in three at-bats.
Lowrie has been bothered by what the team has called a bruised left shoulder since colliding with outfielder Carl Crawford in Detroit on May 27.
The Sox administered an MRI last week in New York, and both manager and player reported it came back clean, though Lowrie said the shoulder still ached.
Thursday's strikeout extended Lowrie's hitless string to 0 for 15, and he is 1 for 17 on the trip.
Lowrie had three days off (two games) before returning to the lineup Wednesday night and going hitless in three trips. In the 10 games since the collision, Lowrie is batting .163 (7 for 43), his overall average dropping from .306 to .270.
"It certainly wasn't this sore,'' Lowrie said. "I don't know what's going on yet, either. I just know what I feel.''