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.