Youkilis, Red Sox exhale
The last thing the Red Sox needed was for Kevin Youkilis to be belted on the right hand by a 92-mph heater and have to leave the game.
That’s what happened in the first inning on Wednesday, but everyone can breathe easy. It is just a contusion. X-rays were negative.
Youkilis has become perhaps the most well-rounded hitter on this team now that a certain someone doesn’t play on this team anymore. The guy has been an absolute machine this year.
He leads the team with a .317 average, and is second to Dustin Pedroia in hits, second to Pedroia in doubles, tied with Jacoby Ellsbury for the team lead in triples (four), tied with the former (and now Dodgers left fielder) in homers (20), leads the club in RBIs with 76, third behind Drew and Manny in OBP, leads in slugging, and is just one point behind J.D. Drew for the team-lead in the tell-all category of OPS.
Yes, Kevin Youkilis is the current MVP of the 2008 Red Sox. I had Drew at the All-Star break, but Youkilis has definitely pulled in front.
It says something that Terry Francona thinks this is the guy who should hit cleanup in the wake of Manny leaving.
At any rate, they might have dodged a bullet on this one.
Did you see that Joba Chamberlain went on the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis today? The Yankees can not afford to lose him for any significant length of time. Thus far, they’ve been very hush-hush on what the report was from the highly-noted orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala.