Lowell on 15-day DL; Pauley recalled

Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury suffered during last night’s game.

Righthanded pitcher David Pauley has been recalled from Pawtucket to take Lowell’s spot on the roster.

Lowell struck out looking in the seventh inning after having strained his right oblique during the at-bat.

More on Lowell from the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin in today’s Red Sox notebook:

“I took those two swings my last at-bat, the first one I felt like a little grab on my side, the second one I felt something a lot more significant,” said Lowell, who then left the game. “The last pitch I kind of panicked, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t think I could swing. I was kind of hoping he’d just flop a curveball or something. I’ve never had this happen to me before. It’s just frustrating.” …

After the game, Lowell could barely stand, his eyes and face wrinkled with what seemed like pain. He was deeply concerned about what today’s MRI would bring.

“I can’t really stand up really straight,” he said. “I feel like keeping bent over feels a lot more comfortable. Getting up out of a chair isn’t the greatest thing. I just hope I sleep good tonight.”

Asked if he thought the disabled list would be a possibility, Lowell said, “I hope tomorrow I feel better. I’m just, I’m not sure.

“I’m kind of – I wouldn’t say nervous about it – but I feel like I’m in uncharted waters. I’d like to avoid [the DL].”

The trainers, Lowell said, have told him to take it slowly, believing that rest will help his already ailing hip. Lowell has been suffering from a strained right hip flexor since the end of June, and spent time earlier this season on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. But Lowell said that, with the injection he got a week ago, his hip had been improving.

“I don’t see them as two totally different things, it’s just too much of a coincidence,” he said, of the hip and the oblique.

“Those two swings were weird. I tried to kind of bend over and grab it, and see if something would go away. But, I don’t know, it’s kind of getting progressively worse.”


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