ST. PETERSBURG -- Though the injury is not new, Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell discussed specific terms of the diagnosis for the first time on Monday, revealing that he has a partially torn labrum in his right hip.
Lowell has been playing with pain in his hip for more than two months. He continues to play through the discomfort, and he plans on doing so for the rest of the season.
In fact, Lowell belted a solo homer against Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir in the top of the first inning on Monday night.
The third baseman has had three cortisone shots for the injury over the past couple of months, the most recent of which was last week.
"What are you going to do? It's something that can alleviate the pain these last two weeks and, hopefully, the postseason," Lowell said. "It bothers me every time I run and make a few steps defensively. It's more of a grab and a nag as opposed to excruciating pain. It's just uncomfortable, very uncomfortable. I prefer not having it."
Lowell plans on having surgery after the season, which he hopes is after the World Series.
"They're telling me as long as I can tolerate it, it won't be any worse," Lowell told WEEI.com. "With any muscle or ligament, something can happen, but I don't think I run that fast to get to that point. I guess you can find comfort in that. I just go out and deal with it, and in the offseason, this is going to be addressed.
"I just don't think I can go the whole year next year knowing this is going to happen. When I talk to the doctors, I tell them I want to do the best thing to prevent this from happening. There are always going to be little things throughout the season, but they go away. This has been going on way too long."
Though Lowell doesn't make excuses, his numbers have declined in the months he's been playing through the pain. Before the All-Star break, Lowell hit .297 with 13 homers, 57 RBIs and a .507 slugging percentage in 290 at-bats. In his first 125 at-bats after the break, Lowell is hitting .224 with four homers, 16 RBIs and a .360 slugging percentage.
"Hitting doesn't bother me," Lowell said. "Sometimes, if I get out of the away of a ball inside, I feel it. But it's just really quick, a quick little grab."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.