June 30, 2009
Boston, we might have a problem.
Today, the Red Sox placed Mike Lowell to the 15-day disabled list due to a right hip strain and called up infielder Jeff Bailey from the Pawtucket Red Sox. The move was reported on the PawSox Twitter page.
Bailey has been inserted in the nine hole tonight against the Baltimore Orioles and will play first base with Kevin Youkilis at third.
Lowell has had some discomfort in his hip that required surgery in the offseason. Now, at 35-years-old, is this a cause for concern?
Position-wise, Boston has multiple solutions, since Youkilis is very versatile and can play at each corner. But Francona and fans rather see him at first base, since he's a gold glove winner there and all.
Some skeptics are saying Lowell could be "done," but let's not rush to judge. After all, it could be the same scenario like it was for David Ortiz, except he didn't go to the DL.
Lowell has done well thus far in 2009. He's batting .282 with 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He also has 18 doubles, but isn't favoring in grounding into double plays (15).
It's a blessing that Ortiz is back to being Ortiz power-wise, because if both him and Lowell were out, it could be devastating for the Sox.
Right now, it looks to be a day-to-day process, but pose Lowell won't come back as a healthy Mike Lowell?
Then what? Make GM Theo Epstein make a move? Would the Sox really have to make one?
Keeping you posted.
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