Red Sox slugger Youkilis sidelined with thumb injury

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox's injury woes deepened after first baseman Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his right thumb, the team reported on its website (boston.redsox.mlb.com) on Tuesday.

Youkilis suffered the injury during an at-bat on Monday and a scan revealed the extent of the damage. His progress over the next few days will determine whether he will require surgery that could end his season.

The team's most consistent player, Youkilis is a Gold Glove winner at first base and is hitting .307 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs this season.

Youkilis's problem is the latest in a rash of injuries that have hit the Red Sox, who are currently without Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)