Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has not played since September 15 due to a sports hernia and bursitis in his left hip. Youkilis has taken some swings off a tee over the past few days which has given hope to some Sox fans hope that he could return this season.
Well Red Sox manager Terry Francona threw some cold water on that today as he admitted the three-time All Star is likely done for the season.
If the Red Sox somehow steer out of their current tailspin and somehow make the postseason there is a chance Youkilis could play. But the pain from his hernia is not going to go away until he has surgery to correct it, and once he has surgery his season would be over anyway.
Considering the Red Sox current collapse and how much Youkilis means to the team, this is awful news from Boston fans. Youk has been having a down year, hitting just .258 with 17 home runs and 80 RBI. He has also struck out 100 times and drawn just 68 walks. His OPS is down to .832, which is the lowest it has been at since 2006.
Clearly Youkilis has had a tough season and it doesn’t look like it is going to get any better. Anything the Red Sox get out of him for the rest of the season should be considered a bonus.