Just when the Red Sox are getting their better hitters back from injury, they've lost one of their best for the season.
Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis is scheduled to have season-ending surgery for a torn muscle in his right thumb today in Cleveland. He left Monday night’s 6-5 loss to the Indians with the injury.
Batting cleanup for most of the season, Youkilis is hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 RBI. Francona said that Mike Lowell, who came off the disabled list when Youkilis went on it Tuesday, is expected to play at least four of the next five games at first base.
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Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg made it through his simulated game without any problems and appears to be ready to rejoin the rotation on Tuesday.
The right-hander threw 43 pitches before Thursday’s game against Arizona and reported no stiffness in the shoulder that sent him to the disabled list last week. Strasburg is expected to start Tuesday against Florida.
Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 54 innings this season.
SALE NEARLY DONE
The Texas Rangers got approval Thursday to exit federal bankruptcy protection, an anticlimactic end to one of the most contentious sales of a professional sports team.
The reorganization hearing started eight hours after a courtroom, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, erupted in raucous cheers when Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s group won the bidding war for the Rangers in a marathon auction with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
The ruling clears the way for Major League Baseball to formally approve Ryan, also the Rangers president, and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg as the team’s owners next week.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow that could require reconstructive surgery. … Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he expects catcher Russell Martin to miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury. Martin was injured Tuesday against the San Diego Padres and was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in five big league seasons. He has a labrum tear in his right hip. … Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana is set to have surgery today on his injured left knee and will miss the rest of the season.