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.