Kevin Youkilis (Providence Journal)

By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

The Boston Red Sox placed 3B Kevn Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list yesterday (5/2/2012) due to a lower-back strain.

“The good thing is they know what’s going on and it’s nothing like a surgery or a major injury,” he told the Boston Globe.

Youkilis, who hadn’t played since April 28, has struggled at the plate so far this season. A career .288 hitter with a lifetime on-base percentage of .389, the 33-year-old Cincinnati native is hitting .219 with 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, and 20 strikeouts in 64 at-bats.

Injuries have been an unfortunate theme recently for Youk. In the past 3 seasons he played only 138, 102, and 122 games, respectively.

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