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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Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.