ANAHEIM, Calif. — How does the reigning World Series MVP go about trying to brush aside the hip injury threatening to block him from the ALDS?
“I think,” Mike Lowell said, “you try to just [step] up and go.”
Lowell is doing that at this instant, getting in the final workout that, he said, will determine whether he plays in Game 1 tomorrow night. A scenario in which Lowell starts at designated hitter and David Ortiz plays first base is also in play.
The notion of sitting out tomorrow in order to guarantee health for the remainder of the series never entered his mind. “This is the biggest stage,” Lowell said.
Still, he doesn’t know quite yet if he’ll play at all. The workout will let him know.
“I think I’ll know pretty quick defensively,” Lowell said. “Moving left and right was what bothered me before, and then I purposefully haven’t made those movements. I think where we were in the season, we could take things slow, so we did it that way. I don’t know – maybe if I had to play four days ago, I would have been able to get right back on the field.”
Drew took batting practice yesterday. “That’s the tough thing is timing, and baseball activity, as far as that goes,” Drew said. “You just try to get in there and grind out at-bats. You can’t predict anything.”
Drew played seven innings Sunday after playing three Friday, his only action since Aug. 17. “I don’t know if it was enough,” he said. “But I felt good, felt comfortable. I could get up the next day, and it responded the next day.”
We’ll have more from Terry Francona later, hopefully including a more definitive update on Lowell’s status.