Injury notes: Youkilis set to return; Matsuzaka suffers setback

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Injury notes: Youkilis set to return; Matsuzaka suffers setback

PHILADELPHIA -- Two Red Sox players with injuries are getting ready to return to action, but a third had a setback and is going to be a while longer.

An update:

Kevin Youkilis - Youkilis (back) will continue his rehab stint with Pawtucket tomorrow, having played four games with them already, including the last three at third base.

The expectation is that Youkilis will then rejoin the Red Sox Tuesday in Baltimore.

"If he feels good after (Monday's) game, I don't see any reason why not," said Bobby Valentine. "But it's on him. If he wants another couple of at-bats or if he needs anything . . ."

Ryan Sweeney - Sweeney, who made a game-saving catch in the seventh inning of Saturday's win, may have suffered a slight concussion in making the catch, as his head hit the warning track, snapping his neck back in the process.

He was held out of Sunday's game, and underwent mandatory testing both Saturday night and again Sunday.

"I'll be alright," said Sweneey. "I think they just wanted me to (be sure). I kind of had some symptoms (Saturday) night. I re-took another concussion test after the game, and it was better than it was."

His neck is still sore, but not something that should get in the way of returning to the lineup.

"Yeah, it's better now," said Sweeney. "I'm just a little sore.

I'll probably have to come in and make sure I can do everything (Monday)."

MLB has a seven-day disabled list for players with concussions, but neither Sweeney nor Sox believe that will be necessary.

Daisuke Matsuzaka - Matsuzaka, who was due to make his next scheduled rehab start Tuesday for Pawtucket, instead has been scratched from that outing after receiving an injection in his right trapezius (upper back) muscle.

"We've got to make sure he's 100 percent," said Valentine.

Matsuzaka's 30-day rehab window was supposed to be up this week, but the Red Sox will likely seek permission for him to go on a seven-day DL while the back improves, then begin a new rehab window.

Such requests must be approved by the commissioner's office.

Sandoval raps out two hits, lifts average to .333, in Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Yankees

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Sandoval raps out two hits, lifts average to .333, in Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Yankees

With each passing day, Pablo Sandoval's winning over more and more skeptics.

The slimmed-down third baseman rapped out two hits, including a double, and drove in a run as he lifted his spring average to .333 in the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to a split squad of Yankees Tuesday at JetBlue Park. Sandoval went 2-for-3 overall -- his one out was a fly to the warning track -- and looked almost speedy as he raced home from second on an RBI single by Deven Marrero.

BOX SCORE: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

It was a day for comeback players on both teams. Sam Travis, whose 2016 was cut short by a knee injury suffered at Triple-A Pawtucket, hit a solo home run for the Sox, who fell to 1-4 with the loss.  Greg Bird, who missed all of last year because of a shoulder injury, hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Marrero, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, Matt Dominguez and Dan Butler each had one hit for the Red Sox. Starter Kyle Kendrick allowed three hits and two runs over three innings, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced. Only one of the subsequent six relievers -- Robbie Ross Jr. -- figures to be in Boston in the regular season, and he pitched a hitless, scoreless fourth with one walk.

Vegas projects Red Sox, Indians for most wins in AL

Vegas projects Red Sox, Indians for most wins in AL

Wanna bet the Red Sox will have the most wins in the American League this season? 

Per Bovada, the Sox are projected for 92.5 wins in 2017, which is tied with the Indians for the highest total in the AL. Boston and Cleveland both sit behind the defending World Series champion Cubs (95.5) and Dodgers (93.5) in Bovada’s win projections. 

Here is the full list: 

Chicago Cubs: 95.5
Los Angeles Dodgers: 93.5
Boston Red Sox: 92.5
Cleveland Indians: 92.5
Washington Nationals: 90.5
Houston Astros: 89.5
New York Mets: 88.5
San Francisco Giants: 87.5
Seattle Mariners: 85.5
St. Louis Cardinals: 84.5
Texas Rangers: 84.5
Toronto Blue Jays: 84.5
Detroit Tigers: 82.5
New York Yankees: 82.5
Pittsburgh Pirates: 82.5
Baltimore Orioles: 80.5
Colorado Rockies: 80.5
Los Angeles Angels: 79.5
Arizona Diamondbacks: 77.5
Tampa Bay Rays: 77.5
Kansas City Royals: 76.5
Miami Marlins: 765
Minnesota Twins: 74.5
Atlanta Braves: 73.5
Oakland Athletics: 73.5
Philadelphia Phillies: 73.5
Cincinnati Reds: 70.5
Chicago White Sox: 69.5
Milwaukee Brewers: 69.5
San Diego Padres: 66.5