Expected to compete with Jed Lowrie for the starting position, Lugo will “certainly” not be ready for the start of the season, according to manager Terry Francona.
Lugo complained of knee soreness in Friday’s game against the New York Yankees.
Hampered by a torn quad, Lugo only played in 82 games last season, batting .268 with 22 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
The 33-year-old is batting .271 over his nine-year career.
The True Guru's Take: This completely opens the door for Jed Lowrie. He's got tremendous skills and can make an effective late round pick. In many league systems Lowrie qualifies at 3B/SS, which gives him even more value. Right now he is being drafted very late, but expect that to change quickly. If he is there for you in round 16 or 17, draft him.