Wednesday March 17, 2010 | 08:51 PM

Jed Lowrie could not explain why he felt so fatigued at times, until now. He has mononucleosis. If you ever had mono you know how it drains you. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Lowrie to come back.

Some surprising news has surfaced in minor league camp. As first reported by soxprospects.com, Sea Dogs reliever Richie Lentz has retired. Although a reason was not given by Lentz, it was reported that a constant shoulder injury was bothering him.

Lentz, 25, was once considered an up-and-coming prospect. After 2008, when he rfecorded 112 strikeouts in 77 innings (combined in both Class A and Double-A), Lentz was invited to the exclusive Rookie Development Camp in the off-season.

But Lentz (pictured at left) struggled in 2009 in Portland with a 6.75 ERA in 29 appearances. He spent some time on the disabled list and made some rehab outings in Lowell.

When outfielder Josh Reddick was called up to the major leagues last year, he hit two home runs. But he also batted only .169 (10-for-59). This spring training, Reddick is demonstrating a tad more consistency. He is 12-for-28 (.429) with one home run.

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