Youkilis rests for Boston finale with tight hamstring

Youkilis rests for Boston finale with tight hamstring

Youkilis rests for Boston finale with tight hamstring
BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis missed Thursday's finale of his dramatic four-game return to Fenway Park because of tightness in his left hamstring.

The White Sox third baseman said the tightness crept up this past weekend in Kansas City, but he fully expects to be ready for this weekend's Detroit series. In fact, Youkilis said he was available to pinch-hit against the Red Sox.

"It's just one of those things where we talked about and try to get it back to as full strength as possible," Youkilis said.

"Every once in a while it flares up on him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Just tight enough where give him tonight off and let it calm down and have him ready for the weekend."

Boston pitchers certainly won't miss Youkilis, who hit what amounted to the game-winning three-run homer off of Jon Lester on Tuesday and was 5-for-12 over the first three games as a visitor to the only baseball home he knew until June 24. Youkilis is hitting .353 with four homers, 15 RBIs, 13 runs scored and 11 walks over 13 games in July and is ready to take that hot streak back into the American League Central against the red-hot Tigers after this emotional Boston stop.

"A lot of craziness, but it has been good," Youkilis said. "The big thing is today is the last day and it's over and now we can move on and go about, myself, personally, getting away from the old team I was on and focus on going forward.

"I think it's kind of a learning experience to see teams you're facing in your division and the opponents you have to beat, so it's a different realm. But it will be a good thing to finally change courses. Now it's the Central and facing Detroit and Cleveland and the other teams. Mainly those two at the top you have to beat every time we play them."