Lowell says neither left ankle, right hip a concern
|10.01.09 at 11:58 pm ET|
The mound protruding from his left ankle following the Red Sox’ 3-0 win over the Indians, Thursday night, was tough to miss.
On the third pitch — and first swing — Mike Lowell enjoyed since coming back after three days off, the Red Sox’ third baseman fouled off a 91 mph fastball from Carlos Carrasco, managing a direct hit on the spot just above his lead foot. The pain was enough for Lowell to step out of the batters box, eliciting a visit from Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Paul Lessard.
Lowell remained in the game, ultimately ending the at-bat by flying out to left field. As a precaution, he would get a post-game X-ray, which came out negative and allowed the 35-year-old to remain on schedule to serve as the Red Sox’ designated hitter Friday night.
“I was a little scared at first,” Lowell said. “Then the game took over. I was a little nervous when I went in after the game. The doc hit a couple of pressure points and I told him it was a little sore. He was like, ‘Let’s get some X-rays’, but it was negative. I didn’t want to not get at-bats. That’s why I didn’t want to come out of the game. I think it’s important to get at-bats.”
Lowell, who plans on wearing a shin guard Friday, hadn’t participated in a game since getting a shot of Synvisc and cortisone in his surgically-repaired right hip, Monday. By all accounts, the shot paid off with Lowell feeling like he operated with increased flexibility, as well as more mobility.
“I know it’s hard for me to say, but I thought I ran down the line pretty good on the last one,” he said after going 1-for-4. “I wasn’t worried about that. I thought I had more mobility in the hip, so I’m very satisfied from that standpoint … I felt good. I almost felt like my hip was moving more than ever. That was a good sign.
“I don’t think I’m gaining any strength. I just think you relieve the fluid and get more mobility. Your stride gets a lot longer.”
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