Published: Aug 06, 2010 12:34 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 05, 2010 9:35 PM EDT

      BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have lost Kevin Youkilis for
the season with a torn muscle in his right thumb.
      Manager Terry Francona said Thursday the first baseman will have
season-ending surgery on Friday in Cleveland for the injury
sustained Monday night in a 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
      Youkilis is expected to be ready well before spring training
starts.
      The injury is the latest in a long line of them suffered by
Boston. Batting fourth in the lineup for most of the season,
Youkilis is hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs. Francona said
that Mike Lowell, who came off the disabled list when Youkilis went
on it Tuesday, is expected to play at least four of the next five
games at first base.