BOSTON -- A day after the controversy that erupted between Boston manager Bobby Valentine and third baseman Kevin Youkilis, with a few inflammatory comments from second baseman Dustin Pedroia thrown in for good measure, all was quiet on that front Tuesday.
Youkilis, who had expressed confusion with Valentine’s comments in a TV interview that had called Youk’s physical and emotional effort into question, said Tuesday he had moved past the issue.
“I don’t really want to talk about that right now,” Youkilis said to a crush of media in the Sox clubhouse. “I talked about it yesterday. That’s all I’ve got for you. We’ve moved on. We’re ready to play Texas.”
Youkilis was back in the lineup Tuesday, batting fifth, a day after sitting out with what Valentine termed a sore groin.
Youkilis was asked his thoughts on having Pedroia come to his defense on Monday. Pedroia had said, among other things, that “that is not the way we go about our stuff around here,” referring to Valentine’s critical comments of Youkilis.
“It’s always good when your teammates have your back,” said Youkilis. “We stick together. The environment here in Boston can be tough. We have to stick together and we’ve done a pretty good job of it. “
Youkilis, who missed Monday’s game because of a sore groin, was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night for the series opener against the defending American League champion Rangers. Youkilis was batting .200 with no homers and three RBI so far this season.
Valentine, who apologized to Youkilis before Monday’s Patriot Day game against Tampa Bay, was asked Tuesday if he thought there would be any lingering repercussions because of what had transpired with Youkilis.
“No way to know,” said Valentine Tuesday. “I hope not.”