BOSTON — Just when the Red Sox were getting their better hitters back from injury, they've lost one of their best for the season.
1B Kevin Youkilis is scheduled for season-ending surgery on a torn muscle in his right thumb today in Cleveland. He left Monday's loss to the Indians with the injury.
"I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact this was probably what was going to happen," manager Terry Francona said.
Youkilis was hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs. Francona said that Mike Lowell, who came off the disabled list when Youkilis went on it Tuesday, is expected to play at least four of the next five games at first.
Ryan bid nets Rangers
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Rangers got approval Thursday to exit federal bankruptcy protection, an anticlimactic end to one of the most contentious sales of a professional sports team.
The hearing on the reorganization started eight hours after a courtroom, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, erupted in cheers when team president Nolan Ryan's group won the bidding war in an auction with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The sale was included in the team's plan, approved later Thursday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan. That clears the way for MLB to formally approve Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg as owners next week. Their winning bid was valued at $590 million. The last bid from Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane, before they hit their predetermined limit, was $581 million.
The Greenberg-Ryan bid does include paying more than $200 million to unsecured creditors — including Alex Rodriguez, who is owed $24.9 million in deferred compensation six years after his trade to the Yanks.
Pedro says no: Three-time Cy Young pitcher Pedro Martinez, 38, says several teams — he declined to name them — have invited him to return, but he turned them down. "Very tempting," he said, "but I have already committed to my kids for the rest of the year."
Dodgers: C Russell Martin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a labrum tear in his right hip, manager Joe Torre said.
Indians: C Carlos Santana will have surgery on his left knee and is out for the season.
Nationals: Rookie RHP Stephen Strasburg made it through his simulated game without any problems and appears to be ready to rejoin the rotation Tuesday. He is expected to throw a side session Saturday.
Royals: OF/DH Jose Guillen, signed three years ago to a three-year, $36 million deal, was designated for assignment. He is owed about $3.93 million from his $12 million salary this season. The Royals have 10 days to trade or release him. … RHP Zack Greinke says he does not necessarily want out, but he doesn't expect the Royals to compete for a pennant by 2012, when his contract runs out. "This is at least the third full restart/rebuilding phase since I've been here. And, obviously, none of them have worked," Greinke told the Kansas City Star. "This one hasn't even really started yet."
White Sox: The agent for Carlos Delgado, 38, confirmed that the team has expressed interest in the slugger. David Sloane said Delgado, who hasn't played since May of last season because of a hip injury, is healthy.