Youkilis will not travel with Sox to Kansas City

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Youkilis will not travel with Sox to Kansas City

BOSTON Third baseman Kevin Youkilis, on the disabled list retroactive to April 29 with a low back strain, will stay behind when the team travels to Kansas City for a three-game series beginning Monday and start a walking program, manager Bobby Valentine said.

"Probably backward and forward and getting into the healthy movement thats needed," Valentine said. "Hes progressing.

Its tough to put the clock on an injury. When Youks ready hell definitely let us know.

Left-hander Rich Hill has pitched 2 23 innings over three games since coming back on April 27 from Tommy John surgery in June.

Hes still getting his legs underneath him, Valentine said. He hasnt quite made the pitches that he feels he can make. His breaking ball is stillit was left inside to a left-handed hitter the other night. He got a pop-up to left and it was still good that we got the results. But its not quite coming out of his hand the way he wants it to. It will soon once he can relax in that role.

The addition of left-hander Andrew Miller gives Valentine three lefties in the bullpen, with Hill and Franklin Morales.

Well see what teams were facing and how it could match up better, Valentine said, of how eh will use them. Its not like this was a designed plan. Andrew was the guy to come up because we had a vacancy and he was ready to come. I like left-handers who are good and I like right-handers who are good, too.

The Orioles go for the three-game sweep this afternoon. They have not swept a three-game set at Fenway Park since June 10-12, 1994.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.