Shortstop Jed Lowrie's career was derailed by his own body: Surgery on his left wrist cost him half of 2009—and crippled his bat in the other half—and he missed two months last year with mono. He returned to the big leagues in July, just as Boston was being swamped by injuries, and Lowrie showed that he was still the highly skilled hitter who had been a supplemental first round pick in '05 and a top 100 prospect heading into 2008. He hit .287/.381/.526 in 197 plate appearances over the final two months and saw regular work at shortstop and second base. This season former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia is back from his broken foot, so there's no room for Lowrie at second. But there should be an opportunity for him at shortstop. Marco Scutaro is 35, and after a career year in '09 he slipped back to his usual production in 2010 (.275/.333/.388). There's no reason for the 26-year-old Lowrie to remain in a bench role behind a career utilityman like Scutaro, whose small defensive edge on Lowrie is dwarfed by what the younger shortstop can do with the bat.