BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis spent 9 12 years in Boston, and Sean McAdam says the legacy he leaves is a strong one.
"I think in the big picture, when Red Sox fans step back and everyone looks at Kevin Youkilis' career in Boston, they will remember -- as general manager Ben Cherington mentioned, the very first thing -- a lot of winning went on when Kevin Youkilis was in a Red Sox uniform," CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider told Jessica Moran Sunday night on 'SportsNet Central'.
"He also was a guy that through -- as Cherington referenced -- sheer hard work and will, took himself from a good player into an All-Star player . . .
"And let's not forget that . . . he came here as a third baseman, then moved to first and then moved back to third, and was able to play both positions pretty well.
"In the last year or so, he lost some range and flexibility in the field. But he was a guy -- as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane termed long ago in 'Moneyball', 'the Greek God of walks,' -- who got on base a lot, he became a run producer, and he became a very good defender at both positions, first and third."
Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.
Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss.
"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.
"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."
Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.
Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.
Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.
In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.
Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup after missing three games with a knee and ankle injury following Manny Machado’s hard slide into him at second base in Baltimore.
Pedroia is batting leadoff against the Yankees' Masahrio Tanaka (2-1, 6.00 ERA). The Red Sox counter with their ace, lefty Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91).
The full lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Aaron Hicks LF
Chase Headley 3B
Matt Holliday DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Chris Carter 1B
Austin Romine C
Ronald Torreyes SS
Masahiro Tanaka RHP
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Chris Sale LHP