Lowell officially ruled out of Classic. Red Sox third baseman is rehabbing from right hip surgery. Lowell was on Puerto Rico's provisional roster. I feel that this was the right move to make and this is a make or break year for him due to all of the trade rumors surronding him. Lowell also didn't play in the 2006 World Baseball Classic because he was coming off the worst season of his career and was focused on getting off to a strong start with his new team, the Red Sox.
Lowell's right hip bothered him throughout the second half of the 2008 season. He finally had to shut it down during the postseason, being left off the American League Championship Series roster.