ANAHEIM -- Despite three home runs by Mike Lowell Tuesday night while on rehab assignment for Pawtucket, the trade market for him showed no increase in activity Wednesday, according to a major league source.
"All is quiet,'' the source said.
Lowell was scheduled to play again Wednesday night for the PawSox in Toledo. Beyond that? The supposition is that barring a trade, Lowell will be activated before the Sox play the Tigers in Fenway Park on Friday night, but manager Terry Francona made no such commitment in his pregame remarks Wednesday. Francona said that he expects he and GM Theo Epstein will speak Thursday and “figure it out.’’
Lowell became the first Pawtucket player to homer three times in a game since Jonathan Van Every (June 29, 2008 vs. Rochester).
In four games on this rehab assignment with the PawSox, Lowell has a four-hit game and a three-homer game, and overall is batting .444 (8 for 18), with 3 doubles and 7 RBIs.
David Ortiz, asked if he’d heard what Lowell had done the night before, said, “Mikey Lowell is bombing some [expletives] down there, right? That’s what he’d do here, too. Bomb [expletives]. We all know that. That’s what we do for a living -- bomb [expletives].’’