Youkilis out for weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis will be out until at least Tuesday because of bursitis in his left hip.

Manager Terry Francona said before Saturday night's game against the Rays that Youkilis, who returned to Boston on Friday for an MRI exam, will miss the final two games of the weekend series.

"He stayed back," Francona said. "He's a little sore. We'll see where he's at Tuesday."

Boston opens a homestand Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

Youkilis received an injection for his sore hip Friday.

Francona added Youkilis has had the onset of a sports hernia that will be evaluated after the season.

"It's kind of a general term which means he has a weakening of an area, which we already knew," Francona said. "For now, they believe he can play. If we need to give him a day off, we can certainly do that."

Also, RHP Josh Beckett, out with a sprained right ankle, threw long toss and at 60 feet on level ground.

"He's doing pretty good," Francona said. "We'll continue to re-evaluate him and see how he does."

Francona said no date has been set for Beckett to throw off a mound. LHP Erik Bedard, who has a lat muscle strain, has not resumed throwing.

UTLEY HEALING: Phillies 2B Chase Utley was symptom-free and cleared to exercise following a concussion sustained Wednesday when he was beaned. The Phillies planned for Utley to work out Saturday and today and take more impact tests Monday before another doctor's visit. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Utley was not expected to rejoin the team in Houston.

WEEKS IMPROVING: Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks participated in a simulated game, and manager Ron Roenicke said the All-Star could return to the lineup today if he has no lingering soreness. Weeks, who came off the disabled list Thursday, saw about 30 pitches from rookie Mike Fiers and ran to first several times as he continued to recover from a severely sprained left ankle sustained July 27.

A'S: C Landon Powell was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Powell was on the opening-day roster and hit .176 in 32 games before he was optioned to Sacramento on Aug. 22.

BLUE JAYS: SS Yunel Escobar left the game against the Orioles after he was struck on the left elbow by a pitch from RHP Rick VandenHurk in the second inning.

METS: LHP Johan Santana won't return to the majors this season, manager Terry Collins acknowledged. Santana has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

ORIOLES: CF Adam Jones was not in the lineup because of swelling in his left ankle. Jones fouled a ball off the ankle Friday.

WHITE SOX: RHP Jake Peavy, who has pitched 1112/3 innings a year after shoulder surgery, was shut down for the season.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez is expected to sit out for 3-4 days because of soreness in his left thumb, which he sprained in late August. … RHP Dellin Betances, one of the team's top prospects, was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He's expected to be used out of the bullpen.

Youkilis out for weekend 09/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 10, 2011 11:26pm]

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