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Jerry Remy on D&C: Sox likely to keep Jed Lowrie as utility player

04.13.11 at 9:48 am ET

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Remy noted there have been signs that indicate the Red Sox will break out of the slump soon. “You’ve got to believe it,” he said. “They’re just too good to be playing like this. It’s frustrating for everybody.”

Added Remy: “The catalyst to me is [Carl] Crawford. When he gets going, I think everybody’s going to get going.”

Jed Lowrie has had the most success at the plate among Red Sox hitters, but he remains in a part-time role while the struggling Marco Scutaro starts at shortstop. “I still think Jed Lowrie has a chance to be a very good player,” Remy said. “And I think he’s showing that. He’s finally healthy. He’s finally come into spring training strong. He looks good when he’s playing, especially at shortstop, and he’s swinging the bat well.

“And I think if Scutaro goes into an extended slump, I think they’ll make that move. I don’t think they’re going to make it yet. I think they like the idea of getting Scutaro on track and then having Lowrie be this utility guy that can play all four positions in the infield.”

Remy, like most other people, remains confounded by Daisuke Matsuzaka. “I can’t figure it out,” Remy said. “The other night it was just fastballs right down the middle of the plate. It was like batting practice. ‘€¦ It makes you sick to watch.”

However, Remy said: “They can’t take him out of the rotation just yet. They’ve got to give him a chance to get straightened out because they’re not that deep in the starting pitching department. ‘€¦ They’ve just got to keep their fingers crossed and hope that the guy pitches better than what he has right now. Whether that’s going to happen or not, nobody knows.”

Remy isn’t buying the theory that Matsuzaka tanked his start Monday to prove a point to the team. “I have a hard time believing that,” he said. “I just read that in the paper this morning. Are you kidding me? I can’t imagine any professional athlete in any sport saying, ‘OK, here’s what you want me to do? Well, I’m going to do it, and watch the results.’ That’s hard for me to believe. I just don’t think that’s accurate at all.”

Touching on the Manny Ramirez situation, Remy said he enjoyed the slugger’s time in Boston, but he has little sympathy for a player who apparently ran afoul of the league’s drug rules for a third time before announcing his retirement late last week. Said Remy: “In my mind, that’s just stupid. I don’t know how else to describe it. … I don’t think it’s sad, I think it’s just stupid.”

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