Hip strain forces Red Sox to replace Lowell on roster; Velazquez gets nod

Updated: October 7, 2008, 9:41 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Third baseman Mike Lowell was removed from Boston's first-round postseason roster on Monday because of a right hip strain.

He is also ineligible to play in the AL Championship Series.

Last year's World Series MVP, who also has a torn labrum in his right hip, was replaced on the active roster by infielder Gil Velazquez, who made his major league debut on Sept. 25.

Lowell was 0-for-8 in two games during the series against the Angels.

"He's hurting today," ...

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