Lowell: ‘Excited to be here’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell met with the assembled media this morning, here’s a snippet of the Q&A:

On how he feels:

“I feel very excited to be here. I’m kind of tired of being in the therapy room, doing all that stuff. I want to be out on the baseball field. But I’m good, I’ve been hitting for about three weeks, I’ve been throwing for a while. I’m not worried about anything from that standpoint. But later on today, I’ll get together with the team docs and trainers to map out what I’m going to be doing. I think what they want to avoid is having me standing around, getting cold, then heating up again. To go through the progression of what they want me to do to avoid that.”

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On if he’s confident he can be ready for the start of the regular season:

“I’m very confident. I think if we map out the right game plan, with the intention of obviously being in games before that, I think it’s doable. I’m at the point where the last obstacle I have to get over is being able to run. Thank god we’re not basketball players, because I don’t have to consistently be running all the time. But I have to be able to function at the level I want to be in all aspects of the game. That’s the last step. We’ve gotten through the hitting, it’s more the repetition, the amount, getting the endurance up. That’s important even when you’re healthy in spring training, but even more for me now.”

On if he was hurt by offseason trade talks:

“I said it before, I don’t think you can be anything but hurt. Looking back at the offseason prior, when you had a lot of options [as a free agent], at least I did, I’d say four legitimate options, years and dollars were all taken into account, I think I let go of some of that because I enjoyed being in Boston. I think it’s only normal to feel let down a little bit, because [Kevin Youkilis] was not the one to be traded. The scenario was going to play out in certain way, if [the Sox had signed Mark Teixeira]. As much as a player wants to believe this is a game, you get signs throughout your career that’s it’s not a game. It’s a business.”

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