Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was lifted early from Thursday’s game against the Orioles after jamming his hip while trying to break up a double play. He’s been able to stay active and productive, but that hip discomfort still remains.
According to associate reporter Evan Drellich of MLB.com, Youk had to be pulled in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners and is likely to rest on Sunday.
Here’s Red Sox manager Terry Francona:
“It’s the same hip. It got stiff again. We’re going to have to check him out again. We don’t want it to linger, and I don’t think it will as long as we keep an eye on it.”
In situations like this, safe is usually smart. Youkilis, 32, is batting just .218 on the season but boasts a solid .879 OPS, five home runs and 15 RBI through 102 plate appearances. He’ll be back on Monday.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.