Youkilis gets scheduled day off

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Youkilis gets scheduled day off

TORONTO Kevin Youkilis is not in the starting lineup Friday for the start of the three-game series against the Blue Jays. It is a scheduled day off for Youkilis.

This is a good day, said manager Bobby Valentine. With Youks situation, hed rather not have the two days off. A lot of guys would rather have two days off, that would be Sunday and Monday because we have an off day. Hed rather not. So, all things equal, hell play tomorrow and then the day game after and have his Monday off.

Since returning from the disabled list, where he missed 22 games with a low back strain, Youkilis has started six games at first base and three at third. He split one of those games between the two bases.

In those nine games, Youkilis is batting .313, going 10-for-32, with a double, two home runs, seven runs scored, three RBI, three walks, nine strikeouts, and a .531 slugging percentage.

Its been great, Valentine said of Youkilis return to the lineup. Youks 100 percent, and when hes 100 percent hes a really good member of the team. Hes played good defense, running the bases well, having his good at-bats.

Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

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Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

NEW YORK -- With the postseason just over a week away, it didn't appear that Drew Pomeranz was going to be part of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

On Tuesday, that became official.

Pomeranz was scratched from his last scheduled start of the regular season Thursday with some soreness in his forearm. Henry Owens will take his turn against the Yankees.

"He's come out of this last start (in Tampa Bay) a little bit more sore,'' said John Farrell. "There's been a need for additinal recovery time (and there's also) the total number of innings pitched. There's a number of factors.

"The forearm area is where he's experiencing some discomfort. He needs a few extra days. So combined with his career high in innings pitched (169.1), we're backing him out of his last start.''

Farrell emphasized that Pomeranz hadn't been shut down for the season, but did say that if the lefty pitched again, it would be out of the bullpen.

"We need to get him back on a mound,'' Farrell said, "hopefully by the end of the week to determine what role he'll have in the bullpen going forward.''

The fact that the Red Sox were a win -- or a Toronto loss -- away from clinching the division and have the luxury of being careful didn't have an impact on the decision to hold him out.

"You always put the player's health at the forefront,'' said Farrell. "Is this increased risk with the higher number of innings, or additional needed recovery time? You factor those in. This is independent of the standings.''

Pomeranz appeared to have been squeezed out of playoff rotation, with the four spots going to Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

In 13 starts, Pomeranz was 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA with the Red Sox after being obtained in a July trade with San Diego.

Two weeks ago, the Padres were disciplined for not fully disclosing all the necessary medical information with the Red Sox leading up to the deal, with GM A.J. Preller suspended for 30 days without pay.

It's unclear whether this injury is at all related to info the Padres withheld from the Red Sox.

"I can't really comment on that,'' Farrell said. "I do know what the player needs is some additional time. What's attached to that previously, I really don't have the specifics.''