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Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

May 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Mike Lowell

A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually.

That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.”

Lowell tore his hip labrum in 2008, had surgery, and then played two more seasons with the Red Sox before retiring at age 37. Back in February he talked about not being able to run 50 yards without medication and how the possibility of “just standing there” instead of being active while coaching his kids in little league was a big concern.

  1. patsandsox - May 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Too bad Mike Lowell was one of the truly good guys and I wish him the best. I was one of the people chanting for the Red Sox to resign Mike after the 2007 world series.

    • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      Indeed. A total class act who gave 100% every night. I was so bummed when he had to retire prematurely.

      He was a key part of their 2007 World Series run.

  2. joelgold - May 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Hip resurfacing is a form of hip replacement. Both the ball and socket get replaced with metal parts but the ball is ground down and capped instead of being cut off as is done in the full replacement. I have had both mine done and it works very well. I wish Mike a speedy recovery.

  3. Old Gator - May 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    A class act everywhere he went, especially down here in his home town of Macondo. Get well soon, Miguelito.

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