Mike Lowell’s greatest moment in a Red Sox uniform came at Coors Field.
His last moment in a Red Sox uniform?— or any other, for that matter — may have come at Coors as well.
Lowell, who accepted the World Series MVP trophy in the visitor’s clubhouse at Coors in 2007, accepted a different kind of fate in the same clubhouse Thursday.
Finally giving in to a return of the right hip trouble that permanently derailed his career in 2008, Lowell was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Lowell’s final Boston act may have been his pinch-hit groundout to end Tuesday’s defeat. Despite forcing Clint Barmes deep into the shortstop hole and forcing a long, off-balance throw, Lowell was out by several feet — and that was the final straw.
Even though Lowell told reporters after the game that the hip was fine, the failure to get down the line told a different story. On Thursday, Lowell acknowledged that he tweaked the hip during Tuesday’s pre-game activities and felt guilty about taking up a roster space when clearly not healthy.
While Lowell said he hoped to play again, the 36-year-old also raised the possibility of having hip replacement or resurfacing. That would end his career.