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Kevin Youkilis likely to have sports hernia surgery Tuesday

Oct 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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While struggling to stay healthy and productive in the second half Kevin Youkilis indicated that he was headed for offseason sports hernia surgery and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that he’ll likely go under the knife Tuesday.

According to Bradford there’s still some chance Youkilis could decide against surgery if a last-minute examination by doctors convinces them of non-surgical options, but he’s expected to have the operation and won’t be cleared to resume physical activities for 4-6 weeks.

Youkilis hit .285 with a .911 OPS in the first half, but then batted just .199 after the All-Star break and played just 10 of the final 40 games.

He sat out the final two weeks as the Red Sox collapsed down the stretch and likely would have been unavailable for the playoffs had they hung onto the Wild Card lead.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Peter King’s monday morning football column on SI.com had an interesting story about Youkilis and Ortiz. Based on his observation of the 2 of them in a hotel lobby, it appeared that they do not like eachother. This ties in with negative stories about the Red Sox clubhouse this season.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      I love the way Youkilis plays the game, but his durability is in serious question after the last few years, and, if reports are to be believed, he’s been a net negative in the clubhouse with constant complaining.

      Even though Ortiz had a great year, maybe it’s worth considering moving Youkilis to DH and saying goodbye to Papi, especially if there is friction between the two.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Based on that photograph, the hernia is located somewhere between his chin and forehead. Scary stuff.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      I bet even the Mother thought twice about loving something looking like that.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        Man, you guys are rough!

      • kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        It’s because we’re *really really really ridiculously good-looking…

        *movie quote, not authors opinion.

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