Lowell may need hip surgery after season but keeps playing

Updated: September 17, 2008, 12:48 AM ET
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Mike Lowell has decided to grin and bear it, and that has to make the Boston Red Sox smile as they battle for the AL East lead.

Lowell has been playing with a torn labrum in his right hip and will likely need surgery after the season, multiple media outlets in Boston reported on Tuesday. The third baseman has decided to keep playing through the discomfort and received an injection to help the condition.

"It's more of a grab and a nag as opposed to excruciating pain, just very uncomfortable," Lowell said, according to the Boston Herald. "I feel OK, the shot's kind of taken effect. I know I'm slow but I feel really slow when I run. It probably looks really, really slow."

Lowell came off the disabled list on Sept. 5 after suffering an oblique injury. He homered in Monday night's 13-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to help the Red Sox take over first place in the division. Lowell revealed the injury after the game.

On Tuesday, Lowell went 1-for-3 in Boston's 2-1 loss to Tampa that gave the AL East lead back.

For the season, Lowell is batting .275 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs. He had a career year in the Red Sox's 2007 title season, batting .324 with 21 homers and 120 RBIs.