Youkilis to play through hernia; Beckett returning


Youkilis to play through hernia; Beckett returning

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis, who was back in the lineup Tuesday night, confirmed he has bursitis in his hip and a sports hernia. He will continue to play but will have surgery on the hernia after the season is over.

The bottom line for me is going out there and playing through it, Youkilis said. Theres a lot of guys banged up here. Im not the only individual here. In September, there are always a lot of guys hurting and feeling stuff. Ive been unfortunate with my hip that it just never really has healed. It basically has been inflamed. We tried with the injection. Its one of those things where you hope it gets better and better, but it just hasnt.

"Fortunately, weve got a great staff that is going to try to improve it every day and hopefully get it calmed down. Weve got some special padding to put on it for sliding and all the other things. Basically, were going to attack it as best we can, go day to day and play as best as I can tolerate it. Hopefully thats everyday and all nine innings.

Josh Beckett, who was knocked out of his last start with a sprained right ankle, threw a side session Monday and is expected to pitch either Thurdsay or Friday against the Rays at Fenway Park. He was scheduled to meet with team doctors before Tuesdays game against the Blue Jays and make a decision after that.

I said, Look, whatevers in your best interest. If you think the extra day helps you even more, well push you back. Thats kind of where were at," Francona said.

Eric Bedard, who has been sidelined by a lat strain caused by favoring his knee that had him on the DL earlier this season, could pitch one of the games in the doubleheader Monday against the Orioles.

He may throw today, Francona said. Well see. If he throws today, were just going to have to see where it goes. We dont know. We know we have a doubleheader coming up next monday that we got to fill two spots he may be a candidate, he may not. Well see

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