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05/12/2009 11:01 PM ET
Red Sox place infielder Kevin Youkilis on 15-day disabled list; recall infielder Gil Velazquez form Triple-A Pawtucket
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BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 5) with a left oblique strain and recalled infielder Gil Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Velazquez is wearing No. 51 and is active for tonight's game against the Angels.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Youkilis, 30, is hitting a Major League-best .393 (35-for-89) with 11 doubles, six home runs, 20 RBI, 23 runs scored and 16 walks in 25 games for the Red Sox this season. He also leads all Major League hitters with a .505 on-base percentage and is second with a .719 slugging percentage.

Selected by Boston in the eighth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Youkilis has a .293 (590-for-2,011) career average with 149 doubles, eight triples, 72 home runs, 334 RBI, 348 runs scored and 293 walks in 578 Major League games over parts of six seasons with the Red Sox (2004-09).

Velazquez, 29, begins his second stint with the Red Sox this season and the third of his career. The right-handed hitter went 0-for-2 in five games for Boston from April 13-25. In 16 games for Pawtucket he has posted a .207 average (12-for-58) with two doubles and four RBI. He has made 11 appearances at shortstop and six at second base for the PawSox.

In 2008, Velazquez hit .260 (91-for-350) with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 101 games for Pawtucket before making his Major League debut with Boston in September, going 1-for-8 (.125) in three games. He replaced Mike Lowell on the Division Series roster but did not appear in a postseason contest.

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