A text message Joba Chamberlain received from Kevin Youkilis appears to have put an end to whatever lingering bad blood the two may have shared.

Not long after Youkilis signed with the Yankees to take Alex Rodriguez’s place at third base, Chamberlain left his new teammate a voicemail. And at a charity event last month, a perturbed Chamberlain revealed the message had not been returned.

“I did everything I could, and I can’t control what Kevin Youkilis does,” Chamberlain said at the time.

But asked yesterday if that had changed, Chamberlain said it had.

“Yeah, it changed,” Chamberlain said. “He texted me. I’m not going to say what he said.”

What happens next likely will have to wait until Youkilis reports to spring training later this month, but Chamberlain indicated things had been smoothed over.

“We’ll hug it out,” Chamberlain said.

That’s the hope, anyway, since the two have history together, dating back to 2007 when the right-hander fired a pair of fastballs over Youkilis’ head in a game against the Red Sox. Chamberlain was ejected and suspended two games.

These days, Chamberlain knows the Yankees need Youkilis, especially with Rodriguez out indefinitely after Jan. 16 hip surgery. Although general manager Brian Cashman has said he expects Rodriguez back by the middle of the season, the injury and his most recent alleged ties to performance-enhancing drugs make a 2013 return anything but certain.

Chamberlain is trying to do his part to make the transition as easy as possible for Youkilis.

“I don’t want him to have to talk about it,” Chamberlain said of their issues. “He’s gonna have enough to worry about over here. He’s really the only acquisition we’ve made as of now.”

Youkilis certainly is the most important addition, and Chamberlain is confident the dispute is behind them.

The prospect of Youkilis being the team’s primary third baseman throughout the season is a real one and is among the reasons Chamberlain would like to keep their contentious relationship in the past.