Forced into retirement by hip problems, Mike Lowell needs another surgery

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A few months ago Mike Lowell ruled out returning to baseball because his surgically repaired hip was getting worse, admitting that he’d probably need hip replacement surgery eventually.

That time hasn’t come yet, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Lowell is going under the knife again to have a hip “resurfacing.”

Lowell tore his hip labrum in 2008, had surgery, and then played two more seasons with the Red Sox before retiring at age 37. Back in February he talked about not being able to run 50 yards without medication and how the possibility of “just standing there” instead of being active while coaching his kids in little league was a big concern.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.