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Mike Lowell | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (44) / 2/24/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida International
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 20 (0) / NYY

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Mike Lowell told Boston's on Monday that he is comfortable with his decision to retire from the game of baseball.
"I know I’m going to miss playing," said Lowell. "But I’ve been entertaining myself in other ways, so it’s been pretty good. It’s been a good transition so far." The 36-year-old is scheduled to undergo another surgery on his right hip this spring, so returning was never really an option. He finished up with a .279/.342/.464 career batting line, 223 homers and 1,619 hits. Mon, Feb 7, 2011 12:34:00 PM

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The Red Sox have declined to offer arbitration to Mike Lowell.

Lowell, 37 in February, has already said that he plans to retire. He hit only .239/.307/.367 this past season in 244 at-bats.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 05:13:00 PM

Mike Lowell (head) picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly Sunday in his return to action against the Yankees.

Lowell was hit in the head by a grounder in the fourth inning Friday and was held out on Saturday. He did not suffer a concussion, according to the Red Sox, and should be available throughout this final week.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 02:12:00 AM

Mike Lowell (head) has passed tests for a possible concussion and was able to take batting practice Saturday.

It's not clear when exactly he'll return to the lineup, but manager Terry Francona said he won't hold Lowell out. The veteran's jaw is sore, but he has had no headaches and was never dizzy as a result of being hit in the head by a groundball that took a bag hop.
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 09:17:00 AM

Mike Lowell (head) did not report any concussion-like symptoms Saturday but must pass a few tests before the Red Sox clear him to play.

Lowell was hit in the head in Friday's game after a grounder took a bad hop. It sounds like he'll be ready to play soon, but check back for updates.
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 01:30:00 PM

Mike Lowell was removed from Friday's game against the Yankees for precautionary reasons.

Good news. Lowell took a pretty good knock in the head when he was hit by a ground ball in the fourth inning, so it's probably for the best. Hopefully he'll get to play out his final week in the big leagues, as scheduled.
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 09:36:00 PM

Mike Lowell left Friday's game against the Yankees after five innings due to being hit in the head by a ground ball.

Some scary stuff. Lowell took a bad-hop on a ground ball while playing first and it smacked him right in the head. He was able to finish the bottom of the fifth inning, but was replaced by Lars Anderson in the sixth. We expect to hear more on his status after the game.
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 09:11:00 PM

Mike Lowell confirmed Saturday that he plans to retire after this season.

"I’m retiring," he said. "I just don’t want to make it a song and dance because I don’t think that’s necessary, but if someone needs something official, yeah, I’m going to retire. This is going to be my last year." Lowell was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his ribcage last week but plans to limp through the rest of 2010. He's hitting .231/.297/.357 with four homers and 21 RBI over 182 at-bats this season for Boston.
Sat, Sep 11, 2010 08:33:00 PM

After undergoing an MRI and CT scan Friday, it's been determined that Mike Lowell has a non-displaced fracture in one of his ribs.

The injury occurred on August 20 when the Blue Jays' John McDonald collided with the veteran at first base. Lowell will play through the ailment. "I’m medically cleared to play and as long as it doesn’t bother me it should be fine," said Lowell. "There’s really nothing to do. I feel fine." Lowell is batting .267 with two homers and nine RBI over 90 at-bats since coming off the DL.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 12:09:00 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers still have interest in Mike Lowell.

According to Sullivan, talks with the Red Sox "may have heated up." The Rangers are currently in the market for a right-handed bat and are also reportedly speaking with the Mets about Jeff Francoeur. Lowell might make a bit more sense, since the team is apparently unhappy with the production they've received from Jorge Cantu. Sullivan writes that the team is also considering Reed Johnson and Ryan Spilborghs, how they appear to have set their sites on Lowell and/or Francouer.
Tue, Aug 31, 2010 05:31:00 PM

Mike Lowell is still likely to retire after the 2010 season.

"I'm pretty much set in knowing what I'm going to do after this year," said Lowell. "It will be fun. It will be fun enjoying my kids." Lowell, playing every day with Kevin Youkilis out, is batting .229 with a .685 OPS this season.
Sun, Aug 22, 2010 08:12:00 PM

Manager Terry Francona said that Mike Lowell will be the team's primary first baseman and anyone else would just be a "complement" to him.

"Mikey Lowell is the guy that we’re playing at first. Whatever, whenever, whoever [we add], would be to hopefully complement him," Francona said. The "whoever" Tito is referring to is obviously Carlos Delgado, who was signed to a minor league deal Saturday. It's nice for Francona to give Lowell some support, but make no mistake about it, the Sox signed Delgado to compete for playing time, and if he starts to look better at the plate than Lowell, the Sox won't hesitate to give him the job.
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 03:04:00 PM

Mike Lowell was nearly traded twice this season, once to the Yankees and once to the Blue Jays.

In the Yankees deal, it would have been a three-way trade with Texas, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia going to Boston and prospects going to Texas. A deal with the Blue Jays was nixed due to concerns over Lowell playing on artificial turf. It's possible the Sox could still deal Lowell to a team like St. Louis, who is now in need of a third baseman, but it's much less likely now that Kevin Youkilis is on the DL.
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 09:07:00 AM

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's win against the Indians.

Lowell was activated from the 15-day disabled list and drew the start at first base. The homer was his only hit in the game, but it proved to be the difference. With Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list, Lowell has AL-only value.
Tue, Aug 3, 2010 10:10:00 PM

Red Sox activated INF Mike Lowell from the 15-day disabled list.

Not only is Lowell back, but he will start at first base Tuesday now that Kevin Youkilis is on the disabled list. The veteran batted .500 (11-for-22) and hit four home runs during his rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, so perhaps he still has a little bit of life left in his bat. With Youkilis down, the Red Sox need him right now.
Tue, Aug 3, 2010 04:08:00 PM

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