Kevin Youkilis is now out of the World Baseball Classic because of an injured ankle. He returned to Ft. Myers and was examined by Red Sox team physicians. Like Dustin Pedroia, it doesn't sound like this WBC injury is anything serious.
(By the way, did anyone else notice that Youk was in the middle of that silly celebration after the USA pulled that game out Tuesday night? Could that have been the real culprit of his injury? He didn't appear to be in any pain during the game. I've been saying for a long time that eventually in one of these dumb home plate celebrations after a team wins in their last turn at-bat there will be a star player suffering an injury. Then maybe these players will tone it down.)
From the Red Sox web site tonight:
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox issued the following statement regarding first baseman Kevin Youkilis:
"Kevin Youkilis returned to Fort Myers, FL this afternoon to be examined by the Red Sox medical staff. He was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain as well as mild Achilles tendinitis in his left foot. Both MRI results were negative. To limit movement and allow his ankle to heal, Youkilis will wear a walking boot for the next several days but is not expected to miss significant time.
Youkilis originally experienced some pain in his left ankle several days ago and it worsened in last night's game vs. Puerto Rico. He will no longer participate in the World Baseball Classic and will return to Red Sox camp tomorrow.