Youkilis better, should return Saturday

191542.jpg

Youkilis better, should return Saturday

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kevin Youkilis wasn't in the Red Sox starting lineup Friday night, but his return isn't far away, either.

The plan is for Youkilis to play Saturday.

Youkilis fouled a ball of his lower left shin during his first at-bat in Thursday's series opener and left an inning later. He underwent x-rays Thursday, which proved negative.

"He's actually doing pretty good,'' said Terry Francona. "I think we were all concerned that he'd show up today and be more sore. He showed up and he's moving around pretty good. That's really good news.''

"I'm doing better today,'' said Youkilis. "If they need me to play, I can go in and do something. I've got some swelling and basically, it's a lot better than it was Thursday, so that's a good sign.''

Youklilis wasn't too concerned that he had broken anything, but did have some trepidation watching trainer Mike Reinold's reaction while he was being examined.

"There were a couple points he pushed on and he got a little nervous,'' said Youkilis. "He said, 'We'd better go check this out.' But I've fouled balls off in the past and done stuff and I didn't think it was bad. Reinold wanted to make sure.

"Luckily, nothing's broken. That's the key.''

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

red_sox_david_ortiz_100716.jpg

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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.

Not so.