The New York Yankees have experienced a significant number of injuries this season, something that wasn't totally unexpected considering their aging roster. One of their veterans, Kevin Youkilis, has been sidelined with a back injury since undergoing surgery at the end of June. While he has yet to resume baseball activities, Youkilis told Michael J. Fensom of The Star-Ledger that he hopes to rejoin the Yankees before the end of the current season.
"Nothing fun. No baseball activities yet,"
Youkilis said in the Yankees’ clubhouse before Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the
Detroit Tigers. "It’s just a daily thing to see how I progress."
While Youkilis continues to make daily progress, there still isn't a timeframe for his return. The recovery period for the surgery he underwent on his back varies from patient to patient. It seems like the earliest the slugger will be back is 12 weeks from the time of surgery, but there are no guarantees. Until Youkilis is cleared to resume baseball-related activities, it will be hard to gauge when and if he'll rejoin the Yankees this season.
Prior to his injury, Youkilis appeared in just 28 games for the Yankees. New York signed the veteran to a $12 million contract over the winter in hopes that he would be able to account for some of the production lacking from the lineup in Alex Rodriguez's absence. First baseman Mark Teixeira was also lost for the season to injury, meaning Youkilis could be a valuable replacement at both corner infield positions, but it remains to be determined if he'll again see the field for the Yankees this season.
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