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Pregame news from Coors: Lowell talks hip

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  June 24, 2010 05:10 PM

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Mike Lowell said he felt a twinge in the back of his right hip while engaging in pregame (batting) flips Tuesday, and is now heading to the 15-day disabled list with his future uncertain.

Lowell, who said he would accompany the team to San Francisco this weekend, said he plans on phoning his hip surgeon, Brian Kelly, to determine the next course of action.

Lowell didn't know whether he would need another cortisone shot or a Synvisc injection, a lubricant which softens the bone-on-bone arthritic condition in his hip. Lowell called the Synvisc "three days of puppy love" but that it wears off quickly.

After Tuesday's game, Lowell, visibly upset, said he texted Terry Francona to tell him his his hip "barking." And then yesterday after a couple of sessions with Francona it was decided that taking time off on the DL was the best way to go. Lowell said he was on board with the decision.

Lowell said he felt his "embarrassing" run down to first base on the game-ending grounder in which Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes made a great diving stop in the hole was the last straw. Interestingly Lowell hasn't run well at all all season.

He also said he had a "guilty conscious" about his role - or lack thereof - on the team and that if he couldn't at least pinch-hit and help the team he should tell some one.

Lowell admitted he was "a little upset" after that game when he fibbed to reporters, when asked about his hip, that it "felt great." That was far from the case.

Lowell admitted he is a candidate for hip resurfacing or for a hip replacement and that there was no point at this stage to have MRIs or X-rays of the hip taken. He did say the cortisone shots tend to help for a longer period but he's hesitant to have too many because of the cartilage deterioration they cause and the fact he wants to put off having a replacement or resurfacing for as long as he can.

He said Kelly offered to do a resurfacing, but warned him that his career would likely be over because "no team would taker a chance on you then."

Lowell said his agents - the Levinson Brothers - have likely discussed other roster possibilies like designated for assignment or released or traded with Theo Epstein, but Lowell said his conversations with Epstein and Francona have centered around the hip.

Lowell admits this could be a setback that hurts his chances of moving to another team, but "if it effects it, it effects it, But I have to go this route."

Lowell said he wanted to take the next few days just to see if he might have taken a misstep that would have caused the irritation or pain. If it isn't, he'll let Kelly be his guide. It sounds as if Lowell will rehab someplace other than Boston and probably near his home in Miami.

Lowell said he hopes to still be able to help the team at some point.

"If we made the post-season, one at-bat could be the difference," he said tryiong to be as optimistic as possible.

The lineup for the Sox, who are trying to salvage one game here, will feature a couple of interesting twists with Daniel Nava playing left field and elevated to the No. 2 spot and Dustin Pedroia hitting third. David Ortiz is back in the lineup at first base with Adrian Beltre at third, a sign that Terry Francona is trying to get Kevin Youkilis another day of rest nursing soreness in his ulnar nerve which was hit with a pitch and is now bruised. Francona said Youkilis feels it "radiating down his arm." Francona thought Youkilis would be fine by tomorrow.

Josh Reddick remains in right field for the recovering J.D. Drew who is still nursing a hamstring. Francona reported improvement with Drew and feels the lefthanded hitter will go on Saturday in San Francisco.

Reddick uncorked a couple of nice, strong throws from rightfield last night, throwing out a runners at second and nearly another at the plate.

Nava has reached base safely in 10 straight games, the longest streak by a Red Sox to begin his career since Youkilis' 10-gamer from May 15-28 of 2004. Nava is hitting .382 with one homer and 10 RBI.

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