BOSTON -- It was about a week ago that Mike Lowell approached manager Terry Francona and said it might be time for another injection of Synvisc to help his surgically repaired right hip. Lowell received that injection Monday and is expected to miss at least two days, possibly three.
Synvisc is a sort of lubricant, almost a gel-like substance, that helps soothe the pain in Lowell's hip, where he tore the labrum last year.
"Heading into the postseason, I would rather be with more mobility rather than less," he said. "I don't think this was a necessity, but why not do something to make it feel better? It should be as good as right after the All-Star break."
That's the only other time Lowell underwent this same procedure, one in which he receives a cocktail injection of Synvisc and cortisone, an anti-inflammatory medicine.
Asked what he felt like Monday compared with the same time last year before the surgery, Lowell said it's "One thousand to zero."
"He doesn't complain a whole lot," Francona said of Lowell. "This was our last chance to do something like this."
The only other time Lowell took this injection, he returned on a tear. Lowell batted .389 with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in the 10 games immediately after having the injection during the All-Star break.
Green working way back
Middle infielder Nick Green, who is suffering from a bulging disk in his lower back that has caused leg weakness, is attempting to come back before the season ends. He hit off a tee and did some running. Green, who was running with a visible limp in pregame exercises, hopes to get into a game later this week.
Lefthanded pitcher Dustin Richardson's contract was purchased and he was immediately placed on the Red Sox roster. To make room for Richardson, outfielder Chris Carter was designated for assignment.
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