A few items left in the notebook from over the weekend:
• Kevin Youkilis and the White Sox start a four-game series in New York against the Yankees on Thursday. Maybe the Yankees will bring Joba Chamberlain off the disabled list to throw at him for old times sake.
• Youkilis will play against the Twins and Francisco Liriano tonight. He is 4 of 14 with three doubles and a homer against Liriano.
• Will Middlebrooks really gets it. Here’s what he wrote on Twitter on Sunday night: “It was truly an honor playing with and learning from Youk … He’s the definition of a professional. Played the game right.”
Youkilis and Middlebrooks had a good relationship in spring training, the veteran helping the rookie out. Deep down, Youkilis had to know he was helping groom the guy who would one day take his job. But that’s part of the code in baseball, doing what’s right by a young teammate.
• Bobby V took the high road on Sunday. He gave Youkilis that at-bat in the seventh inning when the safe thing would have been to pinch hit for him. He also orchestrated sending out Nick Punto to get him then urged Youk to take a curtain call. Valentine also said all the right things afterward.
But bank on Youk making some choice comments in the coming days about his former manager. Bobby V would be smart not to fire back and just let it die.
The AL Central is so bad that could well be the case. The interesting part will be if the White Sox end up battling the Red Sox for a wild card.
• Daniel Bard walked three in 1.2 innings on Sunday for Pawtucket and according to people at the game, was bouncing pitches and missing badly.
In his last 11.2 innings of pitching (Red Sox and Paw Sox), Bard has allowed 12 runs on 11 hits, 11 walks, 5 hit batters and 3 wild pitches.
He also has struck out 15, that’s the good news. But all those walks, hit batters and wild pitches leave you wondering if Bard is headed down the same dark road as Rick Ankiel.
• David Ortiz is the last of the Idiots, the lone remaining member of the 2004 title team. Youk was on the team as a rookie in ’04 but didn’t play in the ALCS or Series.
• Read in two places yesterday about the “ordeal” Youkilis has to go through. Let’s calm down. Of the 25 players in uniform yesterday, 14 had been traded in their careers and four others had been released. Very few players stay with the same team for their entire career.
• Clay Buchholz has intestinal bleeding apparently caused by using anti-inflammatory drugs. That news came from Channel 7’s Joe Amorosino.
Buchholz is going to be OK, Ben Cherington said. But this incident sounds like something the Red Sox need to be looking into. Are those anti-inflammatory drugs being administered properly?
Buchholz was still in the hospital as of this morning.
• The Sox forced Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek into unwanted retirement and traded Youkilis. Wonder who is next to go? It would be easy to make a list of good candidates.
• The Tigers are after Jed Lowrie.
• This probably won’t be a problem until mid to late July. But what will happen if Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, Scott Podsednik, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney are all healthy at the same time?
There’s no denying how good Nava looks, both at the plate and in the field. Could he pull a Middlebrooks on Crawford?
Probably not. Nava is 29, not 23 and Crawford would seem almost impossible to trade unless you’re willing to take a beating on it and that would be silly.
But something will have to give.
• Felix Doubront has thrown 79.1 innings. He threw a total of 87.2 innings last season. At some point his inning count will have to be addressed.
• Aaron Cook and Franklin Morales were in the same rotation with the Rockies on occasion from 2007-09. Now here they are in Boston. “Never saw that coming,” Cook said.
• Adrian Gonzlez has a good sense of humor. When he came in yesterday and saw that Middlebrooks was the DH, he laughed. “You’re 23! You need a rest?” he said to the rookie. Then Gonzo joked that Middlebrooks may have been tired from running around the bases so much.
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