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Kevin Youkilis ramps up his rehab

May 14, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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Kevin Youkilis took some steps toward returning to the Red Sox over the weekend. He threw some on Friday and yesterday ramped things up by swinging the bat and taking grounders.  He’ll need some rehab games in the minors before coming back, but looks to be on the road back to Boston.

Which will be fun if Will Middlebrooks keeps hitting (he’s at .310/.356/.714 in ten games). In a tale as old as time, the fresh face has made fans fall in love with him after a nice start, allowing them to use him as a metaphor for the cleansing of old rot and all of that.

And yes, the Sox have made it clear that Youkilis gets his old job back when he returns. But in a city where people freak the hell out over a ballplayer playing golf, you can bet that someone will find a way to make giving a three-time All-Star his job back following an injury controversial.  Which should be fun.

  1. alienredsox - May 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Midlebrooks showed a very good game in a few games. Youk is far from the previous games but need to play,it might be easier to trade him !!

    • marshmallowsnake - May 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      With Rolen hurt, Cincy needs a third baseman, right? And Youk is from there…

  2. tombradyspoop - May 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Actually, it was you media idiots that “freaked the hell out” over Beckett going golfing. We were not happy about it, but we were not the ones who kept writing ridiculous story after ridiculous story about it.

    • hammyofdoom - May 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Exaaactly. Seriously, the dude played golf. I would have preferred him to not have done anything and relaxed, but its golf.

    • explodet - May 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      First time around these parts, I take it?

  3. mcsnide - May 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t see how this is in the least bit controversial. Middlebrooks will go back to Pawtucket, and if Youk starts hitting, they’ll be looking for someone to take his contract. Sad to see Youk go, but Middlebrooks is the future, and the Sox front office can’t afford to be sentimental.

  4. astrosfan75956 - May 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Move middlebrooks to the OF.

    • Jeremiah Graves - May 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I’ve yet to see him play in person, but isn’t he supposed to be a pretty good defensive 3B?

      With Youk gone at the end of the year and Middlebrooks as the 3B of the future, I see little value in moving him to the OF where he could struggle and/or injure himself. Send him back to Pawtuckett for a couple of months and wait until the club can either move Youk or until he’s hurt again. It’s only a matter of time anymore.

  5. Jack Marshall - May 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    For a team in last place and off to a wretched start, the Red Sox have weird issues.

    They have a rookie of the year candidate who will have to be sent back to the minors. Their ace has lost the most games; their veteran has been the most inconsistent; their rookie starter has pitched the best, and their worst starter has won the most games. The maligned bullpen includes two pitchers who have shown that they could bolster the rotation, and in the minors, waiting for an opening to return, are Houston’s 2011 closer and Clayton Mortenson, who was lights out when he came up. In the injury-riddled outfield, both Sweeney and Ross, who were supposed to platoon in right, have played like full-timers, and Daniel Nava has supplied much-needed spark at the plate and the field. Presumably two of these lose their jobs when Crawford and Ellsbury return.

    My conclusion: people who write off this team are not paying attention.

    • ltzep75 - May 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      For the better part of last season, the Sox were the best team in baseball.

      This season, the Sox have scored over ten runs more than any other team…and Adrian Gonzalez hasn’t done jack yet. I would say that many a team in baseball would like to have the problems Boston has.

  6. xpensivewinos - May 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    The Red Sox need to start cleaning house and reshaping the team in all aspects. Youkilis’ time has come…….out with the old, in with the new. Middlebrooks would appear to have a bright future.

    Best case scenario is he comes back, hits and stays healthy for at least ten minutes and they can get something for him via trade. There are a number of teams that can use an upgrade at 3B/1B/DH and all it takes is one of them to think he has a few more years left in the tank. No reason to think he couldn’t bring a quality relief arm in a deal.

  7. yahmule - May 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Anything that makes Boston worse and fatter is okay with me.

  8. Old Gator - May 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I like that photo. Much better to have to look at his armpit than his face.

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