Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, a couple of hours after arriving into camp, just held court in the parking lot, speaking to a small group of reporters from the driver’s seat of his black BMWM5.
Will Lowell (right hip surgery in October) be ready for Opening Day?
“I am thinking
about it because I’d like to do it. I don’t know how much pressure I feel. I
think it’s a time-table that I want to beat. If I’m not going to be able to
contribute then there’s no point. I still think it’s a realistic time-table and
it’s not really Opening Day that I’m shooting for. I’m shooting to be able to
play in games before that because I don’t want my first taste of games being a
regular-season game. I want to get some games under my belt, which I think is
also a realistic goal. I’m really interested to see what the doctors say
tomorrow on the physicals and kind of map out what I’m going to do
How is the hip?
“I feel pretty
good, man. I’ve been hitting for about three weeks, not every day but I’ve been
able to go through tee toss and a regular batting practice out on the field
with no pain. I think more importantly, no swelling the next day, no flare-ups.
I’ve been throwing for a while, my arm feels fine, it’s just, I think the next
step is going to being out on the field, taking groundballs, going from station
to station, just being on my feet all day. I think being in spikes might be an
adjustment but, I don’t know, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m actually looking
forward to practicing and getting ready.”
Was Lowell upset when it looked like the Red Sox were going to sign Mark Teixeira, meaning Lowell could have been traded in Spring Training?
“I was delighted,
man. (joking). At first, there’s a lot of rumors that float around. I kind of
went to my sources. I was assured by several of them that this was a legit
thing. I’m not going to jump the gun or anything. I think I said it before, you
feel hurt, but I think that’s a normal human reaction that anyone would have.
It just kind of shows you that there are some times when this sport is really a
business and you have to treat it that way and you go from there. It doesn’t
take away any excitement or how much I like the guys that I play with on the
field, and I’m on a team that has a chance to win the World Series. I don’t
know too many people that can say that even in the big leagues that each year,
year in and year out, they’re on a team that has a chance to win a World
Series. I’m still really excited about that. It wasn’t the greatest process in
How weird would Spring Training have been if Teixeira was there?
“I envisioned a
very awkward scene of me and Youk taking groundballs at third and then basically
talking to you guys after every single practice, saying, am I ready or not? I’m
glad that was avoided.”