Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/2/12

The Boston Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list due to a nagging lower-back strain, according to ESPNBoston.com.

The injury flared up over the weekend during the Red Sox' four-game series at Chicago vs. the White Sox. Youkilis sat out the final game of the series because of the ailment.

Rest did not seem to help Youkilis, leading to Wednesday's action.

Will Middlebrooks was promoted from Boston's Triple A farm team in Pawtucket, R.I., to fill Youkilis' spot on the Red Sox roster.

In other news, due to stiffness in his right lat muscle, Red Sox pitching ace Josh Beckett will miss his next scheduled start, this Saturday, against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He will be replaced by Aaron Cook, also called up from Pawtucket. He will be added to the major league team roster on Saturday.

Beckett will likely only miss Saturday's start, and will return to his regular spot in the rotation next week, said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who is also toying with adding perhaps another pitcher to Boston's regular five-man rotation.

"I'm not opposed to a having more than five starters during long stretches depending on how the pitchers are pitching," he said. "There's no need to project anything further (regarding Cook's status) than Saturday."

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