Laundry List: Lowell's Hip, Kotchman's Bat

Two items for today's laundry list:

1) Hope that Lowell's hip heals

2) Pray to Pedro Serrano's voodoo gods (yeah, that crazy guy from "Major League") that if he doesn't, Casey Kotchman's bat will rise from its slumber.

Mike Lowell came into this season on the heels of a revolutionary labrum surgery, one so new that it is yet to be named (that Lowell, incidentally, hopes will be named after him). As a result, he's already had one DL stint this season due to the hip and received another Synvisc injection Monday.

Two items for today’s laundry list:
1) Hope that Lowell’s hip heals
2) Pray to Pedro Serrano’s voodoo gods (yeah, that crazy guy from “Major League“) that if he doesn’t, Casey Kotchman’s bat will rise from its slumber.
Mike Lowell came into this season on the heels of a revolutionary labrum surgery, one so new that it is yet to be named (that Lowell, incidentally, hopes will be named after him). Alex Rodriguez and Chase Utley had similar surgeries, yet Lowell had the most complete, radical form.
As a result, he’s already had one DL stint this season due to the hip and received another Synvisc injection Monday. This injection will provide added lubricant to the joint so that it can function properly with less pain.
Over 16 days prior to his June 28 – July 16 DL stint, Lowell batted 7-36 with 0 home runs and just one extra base hit.
This time, he has batted 10-43 with 0 home runs and one extra base hit over that same span. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of his health and one has to wonder whether Lowell would be hitting the DL if this were any month other than September.
In addition, Casey Kotchman is going to need a little voodoo magic the way things are going. He’s batting .222/.291/.306 in 72 at-bats for the Sox this season. He’s a much better hitter than this, as his .282/.354/.409 line with Atlanta attests.
Hopefully, a couple days away from the diamond will “do a body good”. However, if Lowell’s injury past is any indicator, we may not see the Mike Lowell of old again this season.

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  1. Gerry September 29, 2009 at 7:58 PM #

    Yes, but Mike was doing well before he started needing another injection and his hip drained again. I am impressed with how well he played in between his injections, both on the field (despite his range) and at bat. Remember that last year he played through real pain. This year he is playing better with less pain, until recently.
    IMO, two things will happen as a result of the "Lowell Procedure". He will heal very well and tear it up next season, which will either be his contract year or swan song year, or he won't heal well and he will be a part timer off the bench or sharing DH. Everything I have heard and read about his condition, and his excellent conditioning, indicates that he will come back strong next year. Theo will know before ST and have plenty of time to act if necessary.
    Too bad Kotchman's slump comes at such a bad time. His Atlanta numbers (.282/.354) are legit. I thought he would do better at Fenway, even using the wall for doubles. I know Tito and the scouts are expecting that. There is still time.