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Kevin Youkilis won’t play tonight against the Rays

Sep 16, 2011, 9:34 AM 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

Kevin Youkilis still intends to play through a sports hernia which will require offseason surgery, but it’s clear the Red Sox won’t be able to rely on him down the stretch.

Youkilis was pulled from last night’s loss to the Rays after six innings and Red Sox manager Terry Francona told Joe McDonald of that he will at least sit out Friday’s game.

“He’s sore and he’s not going to play tomorrow,” Francona said. “Actually talked to him before the game a little bit and had a good talk with him. We’ll watch him. He’s nowhere near pulling the plug on the season, or anything like that. But it’s pretty obvious he’s struggling out there.”

Youkilis is 1-for-9 since returning to the lineup earlier this week and is just 6-for-36 (.167) with zero homers and an 11/5 K/BB ratio this month. The 32-year-old is currently batting a career-low .258 on the season.

Jed Lowrie is also unavailable due to a nagging injury to his left shoulder, so Mike Aviles will likely make the start at third base tonight.

  1. nolanwiffle - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    That’s the goddamnedest batting stance I’ve ever seen.

    • hittfamily - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      It is part Mickey Tettleton, part tim Salmon, and part Kojac with a little Grizzly Adams mixed in.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    How do you spell dead? R-E-D-S-O-X.

  3. hittfamily - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I must be crazy, but I believe Youk is gone this offseason. Will Middlebrooks is ready to take over at third in the near future. With Gonzo and Papi, there isn’t room for Youklis. Unless they don’t resign Ortiz, which I believe there is zero chance of happening, Youklis is the odd man out. They would be trading when his stock is down, but they could get a middle of the rotation starter in return.

  4. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I don’t think this matters. The Sox are so tight that they could sign a reincarnated 28 year old Ted Williams, put a 27 year old Fisk behind the plate, and start 1999 Pedro and I still don’t think it would help…

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      …and I love it. GO RAYS!

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        With Youkilis out, Fenway will be just a little bit prettier tonight.

    • screename529 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      Momentum is only as good as next day’s pitcher, and much as I hate to say it, between Beckett and Lester in Fenway, they should be able to manage at least one win which is probably all they need with the O’s coming to town.

      • hittfamily - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Josh Beckett not pitching in 11 days and having a sprained ankle vs James Shields. Advantage Rays. Price Vs Wakefield: do they even have to play it. Lester vs Niemann is the Sox only hope, and the Rays smoked Lester a few days ago. Lester vs Niemann in August: Advantage Sox. Lester vs Niemann in September: Go Rays!!!

  5. Jonny 5 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Suddenly it feels like 2008 all over again.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      Does this mean Crocs are back in style?

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Yes, and we still “hope” for “change”. LMAO!!! Oh, wait, that’s still not funny yet.

  6. proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    I am not convinced that this beaten up team could win a series against Baltimore.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Red Sox are 8-3 against the Orioles this year…they were 9-9 against them last year so maybe they don’t just walk through them so easily if things are going to even out?

    Oh wait, they were 16-2 against them in ’09? OK, maybe not.

  8. dailyrev - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Remy (Boston TV color commentator, former Sawx 2B) noticed this after a K, said something like, “that’s the swing of a man in a lot of physical pain, he might not be in the lineup much longer tonight.”

    Beckett needs to channel Schilling tonight (try and get some blood coming out of that ankle, Josh, that would make it perfect).

    • protectthishouse54 - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      I’m sure Curt has a few extra ketchup packets he can lend him.

  9. steveohho - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Now I won’t be able to say “Useless Youkilis” 3 times in a row to the the television! Hope he makes it back; his batting stance is hilarious!

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