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Kevin Youkilis to begin rehab stint tomorrow at Triple-A

May 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Kevin Youkilis‘ minor-league rehab assignment will start tomorrow at Triple-A, according to Joseph McDonald of ESPN Boston.

Youkilis, who’s been out since April 27 with a back injury and struggled before being shut down, is scheduled to be in Pawtucket’s lineup at designated hitter and get three at-bats.

Barring a setback he’ll then play defense Thursday, presumably at third base, and potentially be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Friday. Of course, with fill-in Will Middlebrooks seemingly playing far too well for the Red Sox to send him back to Triple-A right now it’s unclear where Youkilis fits in the team’s immediate plans anyway.

Middlebrooks has hit .304 with four homers and a 1.021 OPS in 11 games since debuting on May 2, whereas Youkilis has hit just .205 with 52 strikeouts in 55 games since last season’s All-Star break.

  1. bigleagues - May 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Kevin Youkilis “Rehab” should be called:

    “REally-The-Final-Attempt-To-Establish-Trade-Value-Before-We-Send-Him-For-Surgery-And-Hand-The-Job-To-The-Kid-For-Good-HAB”

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Wh an idiot at

      • bigleagues - May 16, 2012 at 6:49 AM

        And I thought I was typing challenged.

  2. sgtr0c - May 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Please Reuben, keep Blanton! Be patient.

  3. mornelithe - May 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Meanwhile, replacement 3rd baseman Will Middlebrooks is hitting .304/.347/.674 with an OPS of 1.021 in 11 games. Youkilis was hitting .219/.292/.344 with a .635 OPS (with 2 less homers and 4 less RBI’s) in 18 games before going on the DL.

    • bigleagues - May 16, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      Guaranteed contracts guarantee consternation.

  4. JustMeMike - May 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I think Youk will come off the DL and Middlebrooks will get sent down. Not that Middlebrooks deserves it, but I can at least understand that you don’t put a kid without any OF experience intp a MLB lineup. as an OF. He has no OF experience at all. Not in the minors, school, little league etc.

    So with Youk, AGonZ, and Ortiz needing to be in the lineup, down he goes. But under the Rules he can be called back at any time – if there’s an injury. Once he’s back in Boston, you can expect to see Youk and Ortiz getting days off. If Middlebrooks can get some EXP in the minors all the better.

    PS I have Middlebrooks on my fantasy team – so I won’t be thrilled to lose his bat. But honestly – do you think Bobby V is going to tolerate some crummy production form Youk? I think not.

    There’ll be a salary dump trade. Especially of the Sawx don’t turn it around.

  5. nolasoxfan2012 - May 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    As a Red Sox fan, the way things play out with Youkilis and Middlebrooks will provide a clear sign of how the team views their playoff chances. Right now and for the future, Middlebrooks is the better player. If making the playoffs is the only goal, Middlebrooks should keep playing after Youk gets back. If they play Youk over Middlebrooks, it tells me they’re trying to build up his trade value, and that the playoffs aren’t the top goal. I’m fine with that, as I don’t see them going all the way with this group. In fact, I would love to see them be smart about it, drive up his value, and then deal him at the deadline for some young pitching. The Sox have some terrific positional prospects coming up, but need more pitching. For those of you speculating on the Sox dumping Youk’s salary for some crappy AAAA pitcher, dream on. He’s not that expensive, and these are the Red Sox, not the Pirates.

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