Youkilis has been plaugued with a sore back for the past couple of weeks that saw the cleanup hitter miss multiple games. As a result, he did not make the current road trip that sees the Red Sox visit both Kansas City and Texas. It’s a grueling part of the schedule that has Boston playing for eight straight days, barring no weather interuptions.
Perhaps this is a good time to let Youk rest and mend his ailing back so he can be prime for the stretch run known as September baseball.
On the year, Youk is currently batting .266 with 17 homers and 78 RBI. He becomes the second big bat to come out of the Red Sox lineup as David Ortiz has been sidelined with what is being dubbed “bursitis” in his heel. Big Papi is expected to miss a week and should return after this weekend.