BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced after Thursday's 9-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that third baseman Kevin Youkilis will not be in the lineup for Game 2 of this series on Friday.
It's obvious Youkilis is hurting and is still bothered by the bursitis in his hip and the sports hernia he's been dealing with. He was in Thursday's starting lineup and was able to play six innings, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he was replaced by Mike Aviles in the top of the seventh inning.
"He's sore and he's not going to play tomorrow," Francona said. "Actually talked to him before the game a little bit and had a good talk with him. We'll watch him. He's nowhere near pulling the plug on the season, or anything like that. But it's pretty obvious he's struggling out there."
Youkilis said earlier this week that he needs to have offseason surgery to repair the hernia, but he thought it was something he could play through until that point.
Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.