Kevin Youkilis added his name again to the walking wounded list known as the Red Sox's roster. This time, it's bursitis in his left hip.
Youkilis flew from Toronto to Boston on Friday morning to undergo an MRI examination on his left hip after the third baseman complained of soreness in the area, manager Terry Francona said.
"Youk has some bursitis and he was injected," Francona said after the Red Sox lost to the Rays, 7-2. "Depending on how he feels in the morning, he'll either come down tomorrow, if he feels good. If not, he'll stay and meet us when we get back."
The Red Sox have two more games at Tropicana Field and then have an off-day on Monday. They open a 10-game homestand at Fenway on Tuesday.
It sounded as if there was at least an outside chance Youkilis could play in some capacity before Boston completes the series against Tampa Bay.
"I don't know if we'll play him or not," Francona said. "He might be able to pinch hit. He might be able to play. We don't quite know. Any time you get an injection, we'll see how he wakes up and feels."
Francona didn't know for certain that Youkilis' problems arose while playing four games on the Rogers Centre turf in Boston's previous series.
"He didn't say anything about that," Francona said. "We're just waiting to hear [about the results]."
Youkilis had seemed like he was coming into form after his activation from the 15-day disabled list on Sept. 2 because of a back sprain, picking up five hits in his last 17 at-bats. The Red Sox are hoping they don't lose him for a considerable amount of time with the American League Wild Card race suddenly getting tighter. Following the loss Friday, the Red Sox led the Rays by just 5 1/2 games.