The Boston Red Sox recalled third baseman Kevin Youkilis from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday and designated outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment.

Boston’s need for Youkilis increased when third baseman Bill Mueller experienced back spasms Monday and was removed from the starting lineup against Texas. Mueller is day to day and Alex Cora started at third base.

Cruz was acquired 10 days earlier in a trade with Arizona and went 3-for-12 in four games with no homers and no RBIs for Boston.

The switch-hitter was picked up after right fielder Trot Nixon went on the disabled list July 27 with a strained muscle on his left side. Nixon said Monday he was feeling better and would hit off a tee Tuesday.

Youkilis went to Pawtucket on July 20 and was replaced on the roster by second baseman Tony Graffanino, who had been acquired from Kansas City. At the time, Youkilis was hitting .286 with a homer and nine RBIs in 31 games over three stints with Boston.


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