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Red Sox to put Kevin Youkilis on DL, call up Ryan Lavarnway

Aug 18, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

Boston’s league-leading offense will be short-handed for a while, as Kevin Youkilis has joined David Ortiz on the sidelines.

Ortiz remains on the active roster for now despite a heel injury, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Youkilis on the disabled list due to back problems.

To take his place on the roster catcher/designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway will be called up from Triple-A, where he’s hit .301 with 16 homers and a .993 OPS in 55 games.

Lavarnway was the Red Sox’s sixth-round pick in 2008 out of Yale and the right-handed hitter figures to sub for Ortiz at DH, while Jed Lowrie is in line for most of the starts at third base in place of Youkilis.

  1. sparkycon - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    too much time at the hot-dog stand….

  2. Utley's Hair - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    So that batting stance finally got the best of him?

  3. theskinsman - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Smart move to rest him so he’s fresh for the playoffs.

  4. jimbo1949 - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    deja vu (2010) all over again.

  5. aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I’m starting to get a bad feeling about the remainder of the Red Sox’ season…

  6. patsandsox - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    I have a bad feeling about the Red Sox doctors / trainers. How can one team have so many back and shoulder injuries? Not to mention faulty initial diagnoses.

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