Mike Lowell came into tonight’s game needing to worry only about his right hip, and how it would respond after the injection of Synvisc he received Monday. By the end of the night, he had X-rays taken of his left ankle.
In his first at-bat, Lowell fouled a pitch off the inside of left ankle. He circled around the batter’s and knelt over in pain. Terry Francona and athletic trainer Paul Lessard came out to check on him, but he stayed in for the remainder of the game.
Afterward, his ankle still tender, Lowell felt nervous. Trainers tested pressure points around the ankle and decided to take x-rays. They came back negative. Lowell is sporting a mean bruise, but he plans on playing tomorrow as a designated hitter.
“I didn’t want to not get at-bats,” Lowell said. “I figured if this was maybe June or something, I might have come out of the game. I think it’s important to try to get at-bats to be able to see pitches pretty good.
“It’s better than something worse. I’ll just have to wear that guard now, and hopefully I don’t do it again.”
And how did Lowell’s hip feel? Lowell is confident receiving the shot was the right decision. He felt better after this injection than he did after the previous one.
“Pretty good,” Lowell said. “I know it’s hard for me to say, but I thought I ran down the line pretty good on that last one. I wasn’t worried about that. I do think I had more mobility in the hip. I’m very satisfied.
“I felt good. I felt like my hip was moving more than ever. I think it’s a good sign.”