Red Sox baseman Lowell has thumb surgery

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell is expected to be fit for spring training after having thumb surgery this week, the American League club said on Thursday.

Lowell, the 2007 World Series MVP who came close to being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier this month, had an operation on Wednesday to repair a torn radial collateral ligament.

The 35-year-old is scheduled to make a complete recovery in six to eight weeks, the Red Sox announced on their official website (http:/boston.redsox.mlb.com).

Lowell, a four-times All-Star who will start the final season of a three-year contract in Boston, is batting .280 with 218 homers and 926 RBIs in 1,528 career games.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Julian Linden)