BOSTON -- Both Kevin Youkilis and Mike Aviles have the day off on Sunday. Will Middlebrooks and Nick Punto are in the lineup instead, but Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that their off-days are not injury-related.
"They're not injured," said Valentine about Youkilis and Aviles. "It's just, we're going down into the hot weather, a day game today, all those good things. Punto needed to get in there, I think. And get Will Middlebrooks in two days in a row, all that good stuff."
Valentine also gave an update on pitcher Aaron Cook (knee laceration). Cook pitched two innings on Saturday, and will meet the team in Miami to throw a bullpen, and then will pitch a few more innings.
Also, Valentine said that Carl Crawford had no ill effects from throwing the last couple of days.