The Boston Red Sox placed first baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 5, because of a strained oblique muscle on his left side.

Youkilis is batting .393 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and a major league-best .505 on-base percentage. He sat out six games with the injury before the club decided to make the move. Infielder Gil Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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