BOSTON (AP) -The Boston Red Sox placed World Series MVP Mike Lowell on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, one day after he sprained his left thumb diving for a ground ball.
``I was a little disappointed waking up this morning because I thought I'd feel a lot better,'' Lowell said after the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 12-6. ``I'm kind of in limbo. I'm not really so sure.''
The Red Sox purchased the contract of infielder Jed Lowrie from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Lowell on the roster. After the game, manager Terry Francona said reliever Bryan Corey would be designated for assignment to make room for reliever Mike Timlin to come off the DL on Friday.
Lowell was injured on the first at-bat of Wednesday's game when he fielded Ivan Rodriguez's grounder and threw him out. X-rays were negative, but he showed up at Fenway sore on Thursday and was sent for more tests.
``We wanted to allow him to show up and see how he felt,'' Francona said. ``There was concern he would be very stiff and sore, which he was.''
Lowell said he would keep his hand in a splint, a black removable cast that goes halfway up his forearm, for three to four days. But he said he was optimistic that he would be able to play when he comes off the DL in two weeks.
``I'm frustrated because I'm not going to be able to play for a little while,'' Lowell said. ``But they thought at first that it might be 2-4 weeks, so 15 days is kind of the best case scenario.''
Lowell was batting .200 while starting the first nine games at third base.
Kevin Youkilis, who came up through the minor leagues as a third baseman but earned a Gold Glove at first last year, moved back across the diamond on Thursday. Sean Casey played first.
Lowrie, the team's minor league offensive player of the year last year, went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Pawtucket in a day game Thursday.
Also Thursday, Francona said backup infielder Alex Cora felt a twinge in his elbow and needed to be examined.
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