JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Boston Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and may be out for the season if he needs surgery, the Boston Globe reported.

The 31-year-old slugger tore a muscle in his right thumb Monday night (8/2/2010) while swinging at a pitch tossed by Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona (see video). He sat out Tuesday’s game.

Says the Globe:

Youkilis met with (Dr. Matthew) Leibman, a hand specialist, after yesterday’s MRI, and was replaced on the roster by Mike Lowell, who started at first base against the Indians. Though Lowell homered in his first at-bat last night, the Sox will be missing a significant middle-of-the-order bat in Youkilis.

The injury indeed is a rare one for an athlete. In fact, it’s so rare that Dr. Andrew L. Terrono, chief of hand surgery at New England Baptist Hospital, doesn’t think he’s seen this in the 25 years he has specialized in hand surgery.

Youkilis leads the injury-plagued Red Sox in runs scored (77), triples (tied at 5), walks (tied at 58), on-base percentage (.411), slugging percentaged (tied at .564), OPS (.975), and times hit by a pitch (10).