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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Youkilis returns to Fort Myers for MRI

By Amy K. Nelson


MIAMI -- When it seemed as though the injury news could not get any worse for Team USA, manager Davey Johnson announced that Kevin Youkilis has left the team because of a sore left ankle on Wednesday.

Youkilis has returned to Fort Myers, where he is being examined by the Boston Red Sox medical staff and will undergo an MRI.

Johnson said the injury happened three or four days ago, and that Johnson noticed Youkilis was in pain during Team USA's 6-5 comeback win over Puerto Rico.

Teammate Brad Ziegler said Youkilis was in such pain that after the game he could barely walk through the training room.

"He wasn't going to miss last night's game for the world," Johnson said. "We've been devastated by some key injuries."

Johnson will now be operating Wednesday's game with one position player on his bench.

Johnson said Adam Dunn will play first base, despite the Washington Nationals not wanting their new offseason outfielder to move to the infield. Mark DeRosa would have been a candidate, but the Cleveland Indians told Johnson they did not want him playing first base.

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