Youk: I could have been ready for postseason

BOSTON -- The fact that Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is playing catch, throwing and feeling better seems like a moot point. After all, Boston’s season ends today against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Youkilis, who had season-ending surgery early last month to repair a torn muscle in his right thumb, believes he would have been ready to play had the Red Sox reached the postseason.

“It would have been a stretch,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I know he said he wanted to do it, which we appreciate. But it’s probably a stretch. Sometimes good players do things like that and that’s why they’re good.”

Youkilis finished the season with a .307 average with 19 homers and 62 RBI in 102 games.