08:09 AM ET 05.15 | Continued success for Boston rookie Will Middlebrooks may help spell the end of Kevin Youkilis in Beantown. The Boston Red Sox almost certainly have to trade [Youkilis], and you'd think the White Sox would be interested. It's not so much that Youkilis is a perfect option for Robin Ventura's team but adding a veteran through a trade of convenience -- like, for instance, Youkilis for Matt Thornton -- makes sense given the current situation. ... Youkilis is eligible to be activated today but won't be. He just resumed baseball activities -- batting practice, fielding grounders -- over the weekend and is probably headed for a minor-league rehab stint, like it or not. The White Sox need to be there to check him out.