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Kevin Youkilis exits early Thursday, but expects to play Friday

Apr 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Kevin Youkilis put a little fright into Red Sox Nation* on Thursday night when he made an eighth-inning exit from the club’s 6-2 victory over the Orioles.

It turns out he’s going to be just fine.

According to the great Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Youk** told reporters after the game that he only jammed his hip and expects to play in Friday’s series opener against the visiting Mariners. He initially got banged up in the first inning Thursday while trying to break up a double play and thought it wise to make a precautionary early exit.

“I just slid and it got a little locked up,” the third baseman said late Thursday. “As the game went on, it locked up a little bit more, but I should be good to play [Friday]. It was bugging me, and Tito said, ‘Give it a rest so you can play tomorrow.’ “

Youkilis, 32, is sporting a team-best .869 OPS through 94 plate appearances this season. If the Red Sox want to play it safe, they can start Jed Lowrie at the hot corner Friday and Marco Scutaro at shortstop.

*A dumb and unoriginal nickname
**A dumb and unoriginal nickname

  1. banksatdixie - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Even if he doesn’t play, he will still show off that beard hardened with chew spit and slobber. Thats always a plus.

  2. Panda Claus - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I saw him in person for the first time Thursday night. After witnessing that ridiculous batting position, it’s no wonder “Ballerina Youki”*** has hip troubles. Fred Flinstone’s twinkle-toe bowling windup looks absolutely normal compared to “YouKillNobody’s”**** batting stance.

    *** a dumb and totally original nickname
    **** a dumb and probably unoriginal nickname

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Panda, you beat me to it.

  3. phukyouk - Apr 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    well i dont care if mine is unoriginal… i like it !

    • fanoredsox - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Do your own thing! That’s what we tell our 2 year old. Wait you can spell………

  4. bobwsc - Apr 29, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Drew*

    *a dumb and unoriginal nickname

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