Youkilis getting left hip examined

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Youkilis returned to Boston this morning to get his left hip examined. No word on his return.

The third baseman was limping on Thursday.

Erik Bedard also is back in Boston. He now has a lat strain to go along with a sore knee. But Terry Francona didn’t feel it was a major issue.

The good news? Clay Buchholz threw from 120 feet and felt fine. His next step could be taking the mound.

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