Youkilis sees eye specialist after taking warmup throw to face

Updated: June 24, 2008, 11:00 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was sent to an eye specialist Tuesday after getting hit in the face by a one-hop throw in practice during Monday night's game.

Kevin Youkilis

Youkilis

The 2007 American League Gold Glove winner was struck under the right eye by Mike Lowell's throw during infield warmups. Youkilis' eye immediately swelled and turned purple.

Youkilis had a CT scan on his face Monday night and doctors told him and the team that he would recover.

His eye was still watering and swollen when he arrived at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon, so he was sent for further medical evaluation.

"He showed up, looked like he got beat up," Boston manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday's 5-4 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "He's still got some watering because of the swelling so we sent him down to the eye specialist."

Youkilis did play on Tuesday, replacing Brandon Moss at first base in the ninth.

Before the game Francona said he planned to sit Youkilis on Tuesday and hoped to have him back for Wednesday's finale against Arizona or Boston's first game in Houston on Friday, following an off-day Thursday.

"He's not going to play [Tuesday night] just because of the watering that would make it hard to send him up there to hit, unless that clears up," Francona said. "I'm sure they'll dilate it, which takes a while to get back to normal anyway."

The Red Sox are short-handed at first since backup Sean Casey is serving the second game of a three-game suspension for his role in a June 5 brawl with the Tampa Bay Rays. Moss came in for Youkilis in the fifth and played his first game at first base.

Moss mishandled a routine grounder that allowed Arizona's second run to score in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 win.

"He hasn't had a lot of experience yet playing first," Francona said. "He's still a little bit rough over there. But if he can handle it, all of sudden you've got a pretty good left-handed bat that can do a lot of things. That can be pretty valuable."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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