(PR) (TRENTON, NJ) – All-Star third baseman and former Thunder star Kevin Youkilis is expected to join first baseman Mark Teixeira in Trenton for a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday, May 29 (10:35am) and Thursday, May 30 (7:05pm) as the Thunder face the Erie SeaWolves (Detroit).
Youkilis, a three time All-Star, has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 28 with a lumbar spine strain. The ten year Major Leaguer is a career .282 hitter with 150 home runs and 617 RBI in 1,050 games. He has won a pair of World Series titles (2004 and 2007 with Boston), a Gold Glove Award (2007) and a Hank Aaron Award (2008). This season he was batting .266 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 72 plate appearances. In 2002, Youkilis was a member of the Trenton Thunder and batted .344 with 5 HR and 26 RBI in 44 games.
This will mark the first time that two current Major League players have appeared with the Thunder on a rehabilitation assignment at the same time since 1997 when Boston Red Sox Pitcher Bret Saberhagen and Catcher Bill Hasselman wore Thunder pinstripes.
Youkilis will become the eighth player who was a member of the Thunder as a Minor Leaguer to return to Trenton on a Major League rehab assignment joining: Carl Pavano, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Jeff Karstens, Alfredo Aceves, Ramiro Pena and Joba Chamberlain.