Youkilis says back won't keep him out

Kevin Youkilis, who was a late scratch for Sunday's road trip finale against the White Sox at Chicago with a stiff lower back, told reporters after the game that he could have pinch hit in the 4-1 loss and thinks he'll be ready to play Monday at Fenway Park against the A's.

"I was just really tight today and it locked up and they decided to scratch me and use me later on in the game if they were going to use me," Youkilis said, according to WEEI.com. "As far as I was concerned, I was ready."

"It's probably just three days in the freezing cold," he said. "I don't know, I felt good. I felt good all week. I just woke up and it was tight.

"I should be good. Get some rest, at home, in the bed," Youkilis said. "It should be fine."