BOSTON, MA: Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Chicago White Sox doubles against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It's only fair, after a series in which Kevin Youkilis has done nothing but hit against his former team, that his new club's trip to Boston ends with him missing time due to injury. Fair, because this is the other side of Kevin Youkilis, the side that the Red Sox no longer wanted to worry about -- they had no doubts he would be able to hit were he well, but with Will Middlebrooks around, they didn't need to place any kind of bet on his being healthy, either.
Youkilis will miss Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway due to his hamstring, and while the injury doesn't sound series given it's day-to-day, we've been there before. Sometimes it's day-to-day, and other times, it drags on, and production plummets.
This is the other side of Kevin Youkilis, the one White Sox fans haven't seen, and the one that many seem to have already forgotten about while he was mashing in his new digs. Kevin Youkilis is a very underrated player, one of the better bats when he's feeling right. But he's right less and less as time goes on, and while this hamstring isn't exactly a death knell for his season, it is a reminder of that fact.
Personally, I'm hoping this is indeed just a little bump in the road, and that he continues to hit for the White Sox once he's back in action. But we've all felt that way about him in Boston, too, so we know better than to just assume that's how things will play out.