BALTIMORE — Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell had fluid drained from his ailing right hip Monday in Boston, and received an injection that might relieve inflammation in his surgically repaired joint.
The Red Sox will wait at least a couple of days to determine whether the treatment was successful or whether Lowell needs to be placed on the disabled list, manager Terry Francona said before Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
“The worst case scenario: He goes on the DL just to buy us a couple of weeks and get him for the second part of the season,” Francona said. “We can also wait a few day … We’re just kind of in a waiting mode.”
Francona said Lowell had an injection of Synvisc — a gel-like substance that sometimes provides relief for inflamed tissue. He said Lowell will undergo therapy there Tuesday before the team decides how to proceed.
“(Lowell) had 15 CCs of fluid taken out, which for a hip, I think, is pretty extensive. I think that’s going to really help,” Francona said.
Lowell had successful arthroscopic surgery on the hip last October. He is hitting .282 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs, but has not played since appearing as a pinch-hitter Saturday.
Francona suggested it was unlikely Lowell would rejoin the Red Sox in Baltimore, where the teams play a day game Wednesday. The Red Sox are off Thursday before opening a three-game home series against Seattle on Friday.
Santana set to return
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ervin Santana could be back in the rotation for the Los Angeles Angels by the weekend.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the righthander had no problems during a 45-pitch rehab assignment Sunday night in the Arizona Summer League.
“He’s excited,” Scioscia said Monday before the AL West-leading Angels opened a three-game series in Texas. “He threw all his pitches, no pain, maintained his velocity … had plenty of fastball. It’s positive. We’ll see how he comes out of the next couple days and add him to the rotation.”
An All-Star last season, Santana is 1-3 with a 7.47 ERA in six starts this year. He missed the first six weeks of the season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow and has been out since June 12 due to an inflamed right triceps.
Santana was with the Angels on Monday and will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If that goes well, Scioscia said Santana could be activated from the 15-day disabled list and pitch as soon as Friday.
During his latest rehab start Sunday night, Santana’s fastball was clocked from 91-93 mph, just short of midseason form.
Santana went 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 32 starts last season. His return could be a major boost for the Angels.
“It’s important to us,” Scioscia said. “Not only do we need him back, we need him active and that’s what hopefully we’re moving toward. Your rotation is vital to any team, and having such a big piece out for so long has been tough.”
Indians add Perez
CLEVELAND — Chris Perez jumped leagues and went backward in the standings. In three days, the reliever went from first place to last.
Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals to help Cleveland’s dreadful bullpen, Perez, a right-hander with a fastball in the mid-90s, was added to the roster on Monday as the last-place Indians opened a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Perez, dealt to Cleveland on Saturday for third baseman Mark DeRosa and a player to be named. “Hopefully, I can help turn things around here a little bit.”
The Indians entered the week 12 games out in the AL Central, a hole they fell into in part because of a bullpen that has blown 13 of 26 save chances. Last week, they acquired Jose Veras from the New York Yankees and have now added Perez, who had one save for the Cardinals and aspires to be a major league closer.
“That’s my goal and that’s what keeps me working hard,” he said. “But we have Kerry Wood and by no means am I here to take his job. I’m here to try and help him.”
Perez was 1-1 with one save and a 4.18 ERA in 29 relief appearances for St. Louis. He allowed only two of 15 inherited runners to score. But as the Cardinals attempted to trade him, Perez’s appearances became increasingly sporadic in recent weeks.
He said rumors about him going to Cleveland had been swirling for weeks, but the Cardinals never told him he was on the trading block. Perez said his father, Tim, kept him up to date on trade rumblings.
Perez anticipated a possible move, but that didn’t soften the blow when he was told to pack his things.
“It was kind of a surprise,” said Perez, drafted by the Cardinals in 2006 — one pick after the New York Yankees selected Joba Chamberlain. “I thought I might be going to Oakland.”
To make roster room for Perez, the Indians optioned infielder Josh Barfield to Triple-A Columbus. Barfield began the season on the 25-man roster but has been optioned three times.
Cards’ Green back on DL
ST. LOUIS — Even when Khalil Greene homered in his first three games after going on the 15-day disabled list with social anxiety disorder, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa held off celebrating.
“When he had success in Kansas City, that wasn’t really the test,” La Russa said. “The test is when you struggle and how you handle it.”
Greene scuffled the next five games, going 1 for 17 with five strikeouts, and the anxiety resurfaced. The Cardinals placed him on the DL for a second time on Monday.
“We just felt it was a move we had to make to get him away from it again,” La Russa said.
General manager John Mozeliak said Greene would not be with the team for perhaps two weeks.
“We’re just going to give him a little time to figure out what’s best,” Mozeliak said. “We have to be patient.”
The Cardinals purchased the contract of 24-year-old righty Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Memphis. That move restores pitching staff to 13 after one day with a dozen following the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians.
Greene, acquired in the offseason from the Padres, is batting .200 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. His eight errors are one off the team high despite playing in only 47 games. He was activated from the DL on June 18 after missing 19 games.
La Russa didn’t want to comment much on Greene’s woes. Greene broke his left hand last July, ending his season prematurely, after he punched a wall near the dugout.
“It’s delicate enough to where I think it’s really not in good taste to talk about it,” the manager said. “It’s personal and it involves his profession but I’m not going to get into it.
“I don’t think that does anybody any good.”
La Russa did say that Greene was in agreement, adding, “He knows we’re doing it in his best interests.”
Beltran to get second opinion
MILWAUKEE — Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran was in Colorado on Monday to have a second opinion on his ailing right knee.
Beltran was consulting with noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman at his Vail clinic. Beltran has an aching bone bruise in his knee and assistant general manager John Ricco says Beltran asked to have a second opinion.
Steadman primarily performs microfracture knee surgery on basketball players, but the Mets don’t believe the injury has progressed to that point.
Beltran, a Gold Glove center fielder, had been playing through pain and hobbling on the bases for some time before going on the 15-day disabled list on June 22. He was hitting .336 with eight homers, 20 doubles, 40 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.