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    Kevin Youkilis trade didn’t help either team

    Deal not one to remember

    Kevin Youkilis has hit .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage.
    Kevin Youkilis has hit .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage.

    Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the Red Sox trading third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox.

    It was a trade that has not worked out very well for any of the players involved.

    Youkilis spent parts of nine seasons with the Red Sox, hitting .287 with an .875 OPS. He played in 29 postseason games and was a key figure on the 2007 World Series champions.


    Youkilis has fallen on hard times since, hitting .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage.

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    The 34-year-old is on the disabled list for the second time this season with the Yankees. He underwent back surgery in California last week to repair a herniated disk and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team does not expect Youkilis to be back before the final weeks of September — if then.

    Youkilis will be a free agent after the season, and his future is uncertain.

    The Red Sox received righthander Zach Stewart and infielder Brent Lillibridge from Chicago in return for Youkilis.


    Stewart pitched poorly in two starts and was traded to the Pirates after the season for Kyle Kaminska, a minor league lefthander who pitched in six games this year and retired.

    Lillibridge was traded to the Indians in July. Cleveland released him in November and he was signed by the Cubs. They traded him to the Yankees last week — to improve their depth at third base because of the loss of Youkilis.

    The only peripheral return on Youkilis for the Red Sox is righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre, who was obtained from Cleveland for Lillibridge. He has pitched in three games for the Sox but spent most of the season with Triple A Pawtucket.

    The Sox initially traded Youkilis to clear space for Will Middlebrooks, who got off to a hot start last season and pushed Youkilis out of a job in Boston.

    But since the day Youkilis was traded, Middlebrooks has hit .210 with a .646 OPS. He broke his right wrist last Aug. 10 when he was hit by a pitch and missed the rest of the season.


    Middlebrooks started slowly this season and lost his job to Jose Iglesias. He has not played in five of the last six games and could be dropped to Pawtucket to get more playing time.

    Rockies return

    For the first time since Game 2 of the 2007 World Series, the Colorado Rockies are back at Fenway Park. The Sox and Rockies start a two-game interleague series Tuesday.

    The teams play another two-game series in Colorado Sept. 24-25.

    The Rockies are three games out of first place in the National League West under new manager Walt Weiss.

    With Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, Manny Corpas, Jeff Francis, Todd Helton, and Yorvit Torrealba are the only Rockies players remaining from the 2007 team who will be at Fenway — and Corpas, Francis, and Torrealba have been on other teams in the interim.

    Move coming

    The Red Sox are expected to place lefthander Franklin Morales on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained pectoral muscle. He was examined by team doctors Monday . . . Shane Victorino, who left Sunday’s game in Detroit with a sore lower back, was feeling better and is expected to remain on the active roster.

    Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.