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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Update: Lowell remains in limbo

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The latest news on Red Sox veteran third baseman Mike Lowell is that there is no news.

He remains inactive, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

“I’ll kind of give you what I have,” Francona said Sunday morning. “After [Saturday’s] game we were talking with Theo, and we were going to activate him. Then there were some conversations that are probably up the food chain for me a little bit that needs to continue to happen. Mikey is not active today. Those conversations will continue to happen. It’s a little up the food chain for me. That’s what I have.”

It appeared the Red Sox and Lowell had figured out the veteran’s future, but what exactly that entails remains to be seen.

General manager Theo Epstein, Francona and Lowell met behind closed doors following the Sox’s 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Fenway Park. Lowell later walked over to his locker, grabbed his iPad and was heading toward the exit when reporters stopped him.

“I’ve got nothing to say, so it’s not necessary,” Lowell said.

With that he left.

Following the 4 p.m. trade deadline on Saturday, Epstein was asked about Lowell’s situation.

“We’re going to sit down with Mike after the game,” the GM said Saturday. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him because of the timing and the deadline. I won’t to talk to you guys about it before I talk to him about it. We’ll be around after the game and I’m sure tomorrow he’ll talk about it.”