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Mike Lowell Trade To Texas Rangers Off

Too bad, but Mike Lowell will be staying a Red Sox:

Don't toss out that Mike Lowell jersey.

According to a major league source, the third baseman needs surgery on the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb and the trade to Texas that was agreed upon 11 days ago is off.

Lowell will have surgery after Christmas and is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery time. The hope is he will be ready for spring training.

Mike Lowell, despite his horrible defense at third base, will be staying a Red Sox. Theo Epstein will now need to think of a Plan B.

What will that be?