NESN's Heidi Watney caught up with Youk during Red Sox Monster Monday and received the full update on his progress since undergoing season-ending surgery in early August. Youkilis said the next week or so will be devoted to strengthening the injured hand, followed by light baseball activity at the eight-week mark.
"About a week and a half from now I'll be able to start trying to implement some baseball stuff, you know, hitting and throwing," Youkilis said. "I'll ease my way into it, but right now it feels good."
The medical staff working with Youkilis is very optimistic about his recovery. Youk said he's ahead of schedule, but he's also keeping an eye on his progress to make sure he doesn't rush any portion of the recuperation.
"For me it's about having a good offseason of strengthening it and getting myself into baseball shape," he said.
Check out Youk's entire pregame interview below to hear all the updates.