Speaking publicly for the first time since the Red Sox signed third baseman Adrian Beltre, Mike Lowell explained that he wasn't surprised by the acquisition and was prepared for the scenario that the 35-year-old currently faces heading into his fifth spring training with the Sox. "If it wasn’t Beltre, it was going to be somebody else. That was going to happen no matter what. That was just a timing thing. It might have been the next day [after the Texas trade fell apart]. It might have been a month. But it was going to happen. I was ready and basically prepared for that."
Lowell goes on to explain that his surgically-repaired right thumb isn't healed to the point where he can begin hitting, although he has started throwing. He offers an update on the right hip that has hindered him the past 1-1/2 years, saying that while it is "10 times" better than last season, there still is some discomfort. The third baseman also gives insight as to his perspective heading into spring training, talking about the likelihood of finding himself on the Red Sox' roster come Opening Day.
“I don’t view this as a major challenge,” Lowell explained. “If I’m healthy and teams out there think I can play every day, there’s going to be a team that wants me to play. If that’s beneficial to the Red Sox, I don’t think any of this is contingent on whether it’s beneficial to me. It doesn’t matter. I have no say. But if it’s beneficial to the Red Sox, then yeah, they’d make the move. And then you’d go wherever they send you. That’s the thing. I can’t say, ‘Hey, I want to leave,’ or, ‘Hey, I want to stay.’
“It doesn’t matter what I think or say. The only time I had that decision was after the World Series when I was a free agent. That’s the only time that I had the say. After that, you’re a product of the industry. I’m not sour about that. I’m cool with it. If you told me that I’d get traded and then they’d take away my contract, then I might have a much bigger issue with the way things are going.”
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