A team source has confirmed that Mike Lowell is heading to the disabled list because of hip discomfort. Lowell’s appearance on the DL was first reported by WEEI.com
As we’ve been commenting the past couple of days, the Sox appeared to be more fixated on accommodating Lowell, who has reached the point where he and the team need a change. The roster move will allow the Sox to reinstate Daisuke Matsuzaka for tonight’s start against Colorado.
Lowell’s hip is arthritic and doesn’t appear to be getting any better. When asked whether his hip was well after Tuesday night’s game when he couldn’t beat out a ball hit into the shortstop hole for the final out of the 2-1 game, Lowell said the hip “feels great.” That obviously was not the case.
Lowell may also seek to rehab the hip elsewhere in an effort to clear his head. It’s not known at this time whether Lowell will have any cortisone or Synvisc lubricant shots to the hip as he has in the past. Lowell is in the final year of a $12 million deal and hasn’t ruled out retiring after this season, but that decision could be made for him because of the hip condition.
The Sox have tried to drum up interest in Lowell, but only the Twins and Rangers have remained mildly interested. Admission that his hip might be worsening can’t help the team in their efforts to move him to another team.
The Sox expected that entering this season that there might be an issue with Lowell and playing time and there has been. His relationship with Sox management hasn’t been the smoothest since the team tried and failed to deal him to the Rangers this offseason only to see Lowell fail his physical because of a thumb injury.
The Sox also have to keep an eye on J.D. Drew, whose been having problems with a tight hamstring. They are hoping he can play in San Francisco.
While the Red Sox have talked to free-agent shortstop Adam Everett’s representatives — as Everett seeks a job after being released by the Detroit Tigers — team sources indicate there’s no fit for the weak-hitting defensive specialist at this time.