NEW YORK -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis had successful surgery Friday afternoon to repair a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb.
Joe Bick, Youkilis' agent, said the procedure took one hour and 20 minutes, and Dr. Thomas Graham told Bick everything went "great" and he expects Youkilis to have a full recovery.
Youkilis had the season-ending surgery after an MRI on Thursday confirmed the muscle tear. He had been feeling pain in the thumb for about two weeks and played through it. But after lining out in his first at-bat against the Indians on Monday night, Youkilis felt more pain and knew from the blue color and swelling there was something seriously wrong, something he could no longer play through.
He finishes the season with a .307 average, 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 102 games.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins and Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.