Lowell limps off
Mike Lowell was finally starting to get back on a normal playing schedule, but that came to a halt on Friday afternoon, when the veteran had to leave the Grapefruit League contest against the Blue Jays after fouling a ball off his left leg. The official diagnosis is a left knee contusion. It happened in the bottom of the first inning during Lowell’s first at-bat.
Upon contact, Lowell immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in considerable pain. He eventually got up and limped off the field with the help of trainer Mike Reinold and manager Terry Francona.
Lowell was still recovering from right thumb surgery at the start of camp, and played in his first exhibition game on March 15, 12 days behind the rest of the team.
He has been playing at both third base and first base this spring, the latter position a new one for him. Lowell hasn’t had the same mobility since undergoing right hip surgery in October, 2008, so the versatility of playing first base figures to make him more valuable to the Red Sox or another team if he is traded.
The Red Sox nearly traded Lowell to the Texas Rangers for catching prospect Max Ramirez in December, but the deal fell through when it was determined that he needed thumb surgery.
The World Series Most Valuable Player in 2007, when the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies, Lowell was Boston’s starting third baseman the last four seasons.
Even after the deal with the Rangers didn’t happen, the Red Sox went out and signed free agent Adrian Beltre to be their starting third baseman.
If Lowell winds up staying with the Red Sox, he will be used at both corner spots as well as designated hitter.