Mike Lowell says this is probably his last season

Boston’s Mike Lowell, who lost his job at third base to free

agent Adrian Beltre this spring, said this could be his final

season as a big leaguer.

Lowell told reporters on Saturday night before making his first

start of the year against Kansas City that he still had not decided

for certain but was leaning toward retirement. The 11-year veteran

underwent surgery on his right thumb on Dec. 30 and the Red Sox

signed Beltre. He has not tried to hide his displeasure at not

being the starter.

Among major leaguers with 1,000 at-bats, Lowell is the all-time

leader with a .974 fielding percentage at third base. He’s also the

only third baseman to hit at least 25 doubles for 10 straight