Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Lowell suggests resolution is at hand
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- A resolution in Mike Lowell’s current impasse with the Red Sox may be at hand.
“Tomorrow should be a good day,’’ Lowell said as he was exiting the Red Sox clubhouse following Monday night’s 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Lowell offered no further details, and manager Terry Francona also gave no indication what the team’s intentions were for Lowell, who has not played since hitting four home runs in the span of two games last Tuesday and Wednesday while playing for Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox, who had been on the West Coast, did not elect to activate Lowell upon returning home last Friday night, instead expending their efforts on trying to trade him before Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline. They failed to do so, but were expected to renew those efforts on Monday, the earliest that teams could ask trade waivers on players. A player placed on waivers Monday would not clear until Wednesday at the earliest, but it’s possible a team could have placed a claim on Lowell with the understanding that it could work out a trade with the Red Sox.
It’s also possible the Red Sox, who have been consistent in their refusal to grant Lowell his release, are relenting and plan to do so. The third possibility is that the Red Sox plan to activate Lowell, which is not out of the question since first baseman Kevin Youkilis jammed his right thumb and his availability could be in jeopardy.
In any event, Lowell is suggesting that the guesswork should end Tuesday.