Mike Lowell woke up with swelling in his injured thumb on Thursday and was subsequently placed on the 15 day disabled list. The injury may keep Lowell sidelined for 2 to 4 weeks. He'll be replaced on the 25 man roster by Jed Lowrie. In the lineup, he'll be replaced by Sean Casey, with Youkilis shifting over to third. We've also seen that Francona likes batting Youkilis 5th in the lineup with Lowell out. I'd prefer keeping Youkilis at #2, and moving Drew up to 5th, but that's me.
Mike Timlin will be activated today, and will replace Bryan Corey. Corey, who has a 14.54 ERA in 6 outings, is out of minor league options and will be designated for assignment, meaning he'll be released in 10 days.
Buchholz faces Chieng Meng Wang tonight.