- The Red Sox have decided to place Mike Lowell on the disabled list to give him additional time to recover after having his hip drained and receiving an injection Monday.
Lowell’s play had fallen off over the last month, and it might be for the best that he rests through the All-Star break. The move would seem to guarantee that Kevin Youkilis will be eligible at third base in fantasy leagues again next year. Mark Kotsay and Jeff Bailey will platoon at first base for now. If Lowell is still having problems after the break, then the Red Sox could go with Jed Lowrie at third.
- Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom, who went on the DL last week with a sprained elbow ligament, says he’s ahead of schedule and he hopes to begin playing catch on Friday.
Lindstrom was put on a schedule for good reason: partially torn ligaments don’t miraculously heal. He was told not to throw for four weeks when he went down on June 24. If he tries to rush back, it will only become more likely that he’ll end up requiring surgery.
- Jack Wilson, perhaps no longer as interested in an extension as he was during the offseason, made it clear that he wasn’t happy about the Pirates trading Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to the Nationals.
“The bottom line is, even if this trade does work out, it’s not going to matter to 80 percent of the people in here,” Wilson said. “And over the years, these trades haven’t worked. Show me the ones that have worked.”
Jason Christiansen to the Cardinals for Wilson is one that turned out OK.