Lowell eyeing even bigger strides in offseason
|09.08.09 at 8:15 pm ET|
Mike Lowell isn’t complaining about how his surgically-repaired right hip feels.
All things considered, the comeback from his ailment has to be viewed a success. Lowell is hitting .325 since coming back from the 15-day disabled list, and says at least offensively he doesn’t feel the slightest affects of the surgery.
“I don’t feel anything hitting now,” the third baseman said prior to the Red Sox’ game with the Orioles, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. “I feel fine. I don’t feel any pain. I’m right where I want to be. I’m back on my back foot, and I don’t feel tiredness and stability or tightness. So it’s good.”
There is still work to be done, however.
Defensively Lowell admits to not being as explosive as he was before the injury, going in both directions. (“I would say it’s equally non-explosive,” he explained.) And the strength in the hip has only been able to be maintained, and not be built upon like it will be in the offseason.
“I just think from a strength standpoint we’ve kind of winged it from spring training on,” Lowell said. “I just think the fact you have to do something actively every day… you don’t really gain strength during the season, you hope to maintain it. I think going into the season in a weakened state compared to this hip I think you’re going to stay weakened on that one side.”
And then there is the matter of how much Lowell will be improving upon arriving in Fort Myers next season. According to doctors, said the 35-year-old, you should be seeing a different kind of mobility, the kind last seen from Lowell in the first half of the ’08 season.
“I’m expecting to, absolutely,” said Lowell when asked if he was going to show marked improvement physically by next February. “I’ll be flying, like Jacoby [Ellsbury].”
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