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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the baseball gods throw us another curveball.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday afternoon with a muscle tear in his right thumb. Initially, the injury was thought to be just a sprain, but after Youkilis visited a specialist on Tuesday the injury was determined to be much worse. Potential season-ending surgery hasn’t been ruled out, but manager Terry Francona hopes rest will cure Youkilis.
“If he has to have surgery now, it’s certainly fixable” – Terry Francona
As a result, Mike Lowell will be activated and is slated to play 1B tonight against Cleveland. Lowell has been tearing it up in Pawtucket, hitting .500 with 4 HR and 10 RBI in 5 games.
Youkilis joins a stellar Sox cast on the DL which includes: Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Jason Varitek.