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Kevin Youkilis to Have Thumb Surgery, Out for Season

Aug 5, 2010 – 4:51 PM
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Pat Lackey

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Kevin YoukilisAn injury-riddled year for the Boston Red Sox got even worse Thursday. The Boston Globe is reporting that Kevin Youkilis's injured thumb will require season-ending surgery. Youkilis injured the thumb on Monday against the Indians and was immediately placed on the disabled list. He will presumably be replaced in the lineup by Mike Lowell.

The Red Sox have already weathered injuries to Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez, and Josh Beckett among others, but losing Youkilis may be the harshest blow of all.

Prior to the injury the 31-year old first baseman was having one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .307/.411/.564 with 19 homers and 62 RBI. Without his bat in the lineup, the Red Sox may find the six games between them and a playoff spot (currently they're closest to the wild card-leading Rays) very difficult to make up.

That leaves Theo Epstein and company in a bit of a bind. They could try to work out a trade for a left-handed bat (Lowell's OPS this year is just .686), but it might be difficult to find one that clears waivers. Even then, it's doubtful that a player like Adam LaRoche, Carlos Delgado or Casey Kotchman could really help them catch the Rays or Yankees for a playoff spot.

That means that it at this point, it might be best for the Red Sox to throw up the white flag on this injury-riddled, snake-bitten season and see what they can do to reload a bit for next year. With Youkilis now done for the year and Pedroia still far from coming back, that really may be the Sox' best option right now.

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