BOSTON -- Jed Lowrie went 1-for-3 in the second game of his Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday, and appears to be nearing a return to the Red Sox.

Lowrie, who played shortstop on Monday, served as the DH.

He will work out with the Red Sox on Wednesday, and go back to Triple-A Pawtucket for two more games, Thursday and Friday.

"He lined out twice last night, which is good," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He played three innings. He knew he was going to get two at-bats. He got three at-bats today. He'll report to us tomorrow and have a work day, and then he'll go back and get a little more stretched out on Thursday. The one thing we've probably got to do before we activate him is get him to play a nine-inning game. It doesn't have to be Thursday."

Scutaro cleared for action after taking tests

BOSTON -- Marco Scutaro was out of Boston's lineup on Tuesday, a day after exiting with dizzy spells. However, Scutaro did undergo tests and has been cleared to return to action.

"Scut got cleared," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He's OK. I think we all thought he was OK, and he thought he was OK. I think he was a little perturbed we made him go get tested. But when he started mentioning heart stuff, there's no way we could send him out there."

With Scutaro 1-for-10 lifetime against Indians starter David Huff, Francona felt it was a good opportunity to give newly acquired Mike Aviles his first start in a Boston uniform.

"He was mad [about not playing]," said Francona. "But what are you going to do? He's got to get checked. He had a long day over there, and he's 1-for-10 off [Huff]. It didn't seem like a bad thing to do."

Scutaro had little to say after his battery of tests were complete.

"I passed the heart test," said Scutaro. "Everything is fine."