- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

Kevin Youkilis could rejoin the Boston Red Sox lineup Monday after giving his sprained left ankle more time to heal.

The first baseman returned to the Red Sox on Wednesday from the World Baseball Classic with a mild sprain and mild Achilles tendinitis in his left foot. He had been wearing a hard plastic boot, then was examined Saturday at the team’s spring complex in Fort Myers, Fla., by team physician Peter Asnis and took batting practice while wearing running shoes.

“He can maybe get a couple of at-bats on Monday,” manager Terry Francona before his team’s game against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. “We certainly don’t want this to linger.”

Youkilis said the foot is better and that batting practice did not bother him.

ORIOLES: Left-hander John Parrish will return to Baltimore for an exploratory arthroscopic procedure on his sore pitching shoulder.

Parrish, with the Orioles on a minor league contract, hasn’t pitched during spring training because of the injury. The 31-year-old was 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA last year for Toronto in six starts and seven relief appearances.

ATHLETICS: Eric Chavez was cleared to take batting practice for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The third baseman, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, was tested using pulleys and swinging a bat without a ball in Phoenix. Chavez had not swung a bat since a setback March. 8.

Chavez said he has been cleared to take batting practice in the cage Sunday, and perhaps hit on the field Monday.

CUBS: Corey Koskie has called off his comeback, two days after taking himself out of a game because he felt lightheaded.

The 35-year-old third baseman, who spent the first seven of nine big league seasons with Minnesota, has been at spring training with Chicago as a non-roster player. He played in three games, going 1-for-5 with a double.

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