Phillies, Diamondbacks watching Youkilis

TORONTO — Nick Cafardo reports that scouts from the Phillies and Diamondbacks have been here to evaluate Kevin Youkilis.

A substantial number of teams have interest in the infielder, who is 11 of 35 since returning from the disabled list.

As to other news today:

• Daniel Nava is starting his 24th consecutive game, Bobby Valentine having changed his plans to give the left fielder a day off.

“I’m going to give him tomorrow off,” Valentine joked. “I looked at him in the training room. He’s young, he’s strong, he’s feeling good. The last thing I think he needs is two days away from it. He’s making good contact.”


• Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for the sixth consecutive game with a torn muscle in his right thumb. But he is expected to play on Tuesday night against Baltimore.

• Valentine said he has no particular update on Jacoby Ellsbury, who has yet to start swinging a bat because of his shoulder injury suffered in April.

• Righthander Ross Ohlendorf opted out of his minor league deal when the Red Sox decided against adding him to the 40-man roster on June 1. The 29-year-old was 4-3 with a 4.61 earned run average in 10 starts for Triple A Pawtucket after signing with the Sox just before spring training.

• Mark Prior pitched in his first game for Pawtucket on Saturday night, throwing a scoreless inning in relief against Lehigh Valley in the second game of a doubleheader. Prior walked one, struck out one and threw 14 of 23 pitches for strikes.

• Darnell McDonald (Pawtucket) and Ryan Kalish (Portland) will continue their rehabs today.

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