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Kevin Youkilis misses fifth straight game with back injury

Apr 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Kevin Youkilis stretches during MLB spring training workouts in Tampa, Florida Reuters

Kevin Youkilis missed his fifth straight game yesterday with a back injury that was initially only expected to cost him a day or two.

Bryan Hoch of reports that Youkilis tried to take batting practice before last night’s game, but his lower back was too stiff. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Hoch that Youkilis could be placed on the disabled list if he’s not ready to play Saturday, but added that “we believe that he’s going to be back within 15 days.”

Youkilis was off to a good start before the back problems flared up, hitting .279 with a .796 OPS in 16 games, but he had an uncharacteristically bad 17/3 K/BB ratio. Youkilis has missed at least 40 games in each the past three seasons and hasn’t played more than 140 games since 2008.

  1. Griffinatemylunch - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    This is who Youk has become. He will give you everything he has for 120-140 games. His body doesn’t hold up anymore

  2. Jack Marshall - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Which was another reason why it was vital for the Red Sox to move Youk and get Middlebrooks installed ASAP, not that logic stopped the Boston media and the fans from attacking Valentine for it. Youk’s days as a dependable regular were over by last season.

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      “not that logic stopped the Boston media and the fans from attacking Valentine for it.”

      I think that was more about the way Valentine handled it than the overall premise of moving him.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Girls, that picture is what happens if you try to let Joba Chamberlain’s mustache down easy. Just run away as soon as you see it coming towards you. This means you.

  4. cackalackyank - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    *DOOM…. This is one of the reasons many questions were raised about the NYY for this year. The actions the NYY took in the offseason may have worked if they didn’t have injuries. However with the names Haffner and Youkilis at the top of the list of aquisitions, it was only a matter of WHEN not if the injuries would come. Add to this the Granderson, Texiera,Rodriguez, and Jeter injuries, it is nothing short of an amazing testament to pitiching and the qualities that some of these guys do have when healthy that the NYY are within 3 games of first.

    • jwbiii - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      We all knew that Alex Rodriguez was going to be missing a significant portion of the season. Hiring Kevin Youkilis as a backup means you’re going to be seeing a whole lot of Plan C. Both Youkilis and Jayson Nix have behaved pretty much as expected: Youkilis has hit well, but misses games, Nix has not hit well.

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