ST. PETERSBURG -- Third baseman Kevin Youkilis had a solid start to his Minor League rehab on Wednesday night, reaching base in two of his three plate appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Playing at Durham, Youkilis was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
He served as the designated hitter. Manager Bobby Valentine said that Youkilis will get a day off on Thursday and then play third base for Pawtucket on Friday.
There's no word yet on when Youkilis will join the Red Sox. Prospect Will Middlebrooks has been playing well for Boston while Youkilis has been out with a back injury.
Youkilis, who last played for the Red Sox on April 28, is hitting .219 with two homers and nine RBIs.