BoSox's Lowell (hip) has fluid drained

BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hip, said Friday that he feels like he could play now.

Lowell had fluid drained from his hip Monday and was put on the disabled list the following day. He's also received an injection to alleviate inflammation in the surgically repaired joint.

"I actually feel like if I had to play today I could," Lowell said Friday, before Boston's game against Seattle.

"I feel great actually," he said. "I didn't know what to expect with the injection. I was relieved when they took out the fluid. I thought they'd find something."

The 2007 World Series MVP missed last season's American League Championship Series against Tampa Bay and had arthroscopic surgery on the hip last October.

The 35-year-old Lowell is batting .282 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.

"I'm just taking therapy to get the muscles around there in shape," he said. "I'm looking forward to a good second half."