By Sean McAdam
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ST. PETERBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced after Friday night's loss to the Rays that KevinYoukilis, who flew to Boston to have hisailing left hip examined, is suffering from bursitis.
Youkilisreceived an injection Friday afternoon and if he feels better Saturdaymorning, could rejoin the Red Sox here Saturday night. If he's notimproved, the plan is to have to remain in Boston until the Sox flyhome Sunday night, the end of their seven-game road trip.
"Idon't know if we''ll play him or not if he flies back to Florida,''said manager Terry Francona. "But he might be able to pinch-hit. He might be able toplay. We don't quite know. Anytime you get an injection . . . we'll see howhe wakes up and feels.''
Youkilis played all nine innings of the Sox'loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday, but he was at first base, not third,as Adrian Gonzalez got the night off.
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
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.