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Kevin Youkilis needs back surgery, out 10-12 weeks

Jun 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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

The injury hits just keep on coming for the Yankees, who announced that Kevin Youkilis needs surgery to repair a herniated disc and will be out for 10-12 weeks.

That puts Youkilis’ season in jeopardy, because 10 weeks would get him into September and any setbacks would leave him running out of time. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and a .648 OPS in 28 games for the Yankees after signing a one-year, $12 million deal as a free agent.

Earlier today the Yankees placed Mark Teixeira back on the disabled list with more wrist problems and they already have Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, and Francisco Cervelli on the DL.

  1. bigharold - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Just when you thought it was safe to play baseball….

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I hope it doesn’t effect his life after baseball but you have to think Youkilis’s MLB career is done. Looking on the bright side it may be a blessing for the Yankees.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I had the same surgery just about 4 yrs ago and I’m still limited in my motions. It really sucks.

  3. rbj1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Snake bit team.

    • yahmule - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Yeah, who would have thought all these old brittle guys would break down?

    • 18thstreet - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I don’t root for injuries, but this was inevitable. The Yankees made (let’s be charitable) an odd decision here. I think it’s a damning indictment of their farm system that they didn’t have a better in-house replacement-level option. Their hope was that A-Rod would return at the All-Star break — Youkilis was being paid $12 million to play half a season, plus (presumably) some spot starts at third an DH after he returned. What a waste of money.

      Youkilis played 111 and 112 games at third for the last two seasons. Anyone who watched saw how limited his mobility has been. There was no way on earth he was going to play 160 games there this year. Thirty games may have been a worst-case scenario, but it’s hardly shocking. He’s older, and he’s been hurt.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Very well stated.

        Just how barren is the Yankees farm system?!?

  4. phillyupperdecker - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Trade for Michael Young.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Aramis Ramirez.

  5. yahmule - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    He should have surgery to remove that fork from his carcass.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    That is $12 million down the drain for the Yankees; however, they can afford it.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Compared to Kei Igawa’s contract that 12 mil is chump change.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I suppose signing a brittle, ofren-injured Youk isn’t Cashman’s fault; the Steinbrenner bros surely made him do it.

    Keep denying reality Yankee fans.

  8. threefingerclown - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    “What a huge surprise,” said absolutely no one in Red Sox Nation.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      When he signed I go, it’s a win-win-win in Michael Scott parlance.

      1) Youkilis gets what he thinks he is worth
      2) the Sox don’t pay it
      3) the Yankees do

  9. pisano - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Well, there’s 12 mil down the drain, I know he gave all he had, but the injuries, and the decline in his play, it’s probably over for Youk.

    • tuberippin - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      It’s all good. He made $56mil in his career, won a Gold Glove, was in three All-Star Games, and fucks Tom Brady’s wife.

      Things could be worse.

  10. historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    That picture again.

  11. cackalackyank - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Hate to say it, but…stick a fork in him….he’s done.

  12. e5again - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    93M tied up in A rod, Jeter, Youks, Granderson and Tex this year. 51 games played between them so far (and holding steady). Not to mention they’ve been a pretty awful 51 games at that!

  13. deathmonkey41 - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    At this point, I’d rather see the Yanks replacing some of these players with young guys. Let’s see what they can do or not do…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      You mean like Nuno, Adams, Cervelli, Warren, Phelps, Nunez? They’ve brought up plenty of young guys. They’d have brought up even more (Mustelier and Joseph to name two if they weren’t on the DL).

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        I’d like to see some outfielders (I know the outfield is crowded, esp when GranKerson comes back)- do they have anyone ready to come up? BTW- when the eff is Cervelli coming back? I thought he was supposed to be back by now?

      • tuberippin - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Good thing they kept Austin Jackson.

        errr wait…

      • uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        tuberippin, you mean the same Austin Jackson who has played less then 40 games of the 79 the Tigers have played this season. I guess injuries don’t just happen to 30 something Yankees players they also happen to 20 something players from other teams.

  14. drewzducks - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Did K Long sign off on this diagnosis ?

  15. uyf1950 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    A lot of hate on this board. Just so we don’t forget some of the injuries to Yankees players like: Granderson, Cervelli and Nunez have absolutely nothing to do with their age whatsoever. Sometimes chit happens and you just have to move on and play the hand your dealt. My friends look around the Major Leagues players of all ages and all positions get hurt. And are out anywhere from days to weeks to months to the entire season, it happens.

    • nbjays - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Not hate, uyf, so much as belief in karma.

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