Kevin Youkilis likely to start Saturday

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis did not play in Friday's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels after fouling a ball off his left shin Thursday, but is expected to be back in the lineup for Saturday's game.

Youkilis had undergone X-rays during Thursday's game. They came back negative.

The news for outfielder Ryan Kalish was not as good, but could have been worse. According to a statement from medical director Thomas Gill that was read by manager Terry Francona before the game, Kalish has a "significant [left] shoulder sprain," the result of a diving catch he made the day before in Pawtucket. Kalish will begin rehab immediately, the statement said, and he will be evaluated again in two weeks.

The Red Sox were relieved that an MRI administered to Kalish did not show a dislocation.

Youkilis' absence led to another night of lineup shuffling by Francona, who has now used 16 different batting orders in 19 games. He has repeated the same lineup just three times.

Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the leadoff spot for the first time since the first six games of the season, all of which resulted in Sox losses. Ellsbury batted just .167 (4-for-27) in that span, drawing just three walks while striking out seven times. J.D. Drew had batted leadoff the past two games, but he is just 1-for-12 (.083) in his career against Angels starter Dan Haren.

With Youkilis out, David Ortiz was in the cleanup spot for the first time this season, with Jed Lowrie playing third in Youkilis' absence and hitting behind Ortiz, who was batting .412 (7-for-17) with 3 home runs against Haren. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back in the lineup after back-to-back starts by Jason Varitek, and Marco Scutaro was making a start at shortstop for only the second time in the past seven games.

Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.