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Mike Lowell


Lowell left Thursday's game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his foot. He will be examined Friday.


Lowell, along with RHP Josh Beckett and reliever Guillermo Mota, was traded to the Boston Red Sox Friday for four prospects. The Marlins' third baseman won a Gold Glove this season and hit .236 with eight HRs and 58 RBIs.


The Palm Beach Post is reporting that with the Marlins looking to slash the payroll for 2006, the team may start shopping Lowell and Carlos Delgado when the annual general manager meetings take place next week.


Due to his continued struggles at the plate, Lowell has been removed from the Florida Marlins starting lineup by manager Jack McKeon, at least for the time being. In his absence, Miguel Cabrera will shift to third base, while Jeff Conine should see more time in the outfield.


Lowell said he expects to be in the Florida lineup against Tampa Bay on Friday, two days after losing a foul pop in the sun and taking it in the face. The Marlins' third baseman suffered a swollen nose and upper lip.


Lowell, who got a couple days off earlier in the week in hopes of working out of his slump, was in the Marlins' lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, his stay didn't last long, as he was forced to leave in the second inning after being hit in the face by a foul ball he lost in the sun. Diagnosed with a bruised nose, the third baseman was replaced by Joe Dillon.


Mired in a major slump, Lowell got the day off on Sunday, primarily as a mental rest. The Marlins' third baseman, who has hit .270 or better and averaged nearly 25 home runs each of the past five seasons, is batting just .179 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 32 games so far in 2005. In Lowell's stead, Miguel Cabrera shifted to the hot corner, while Jeff Conine filled the void in the outfield.

According to manager Jack McKeon, the team might hold Lowell out another day or two this week in attempt to take off some of the pressure that has mounted on his shoulders. Lowell has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats.