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.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.