New York Yankees corner infielder Kevin Youkilis was out of
the team’s lineup for yesterday’s weekend finale against the Seattle Mariners
due to lower-back stiffness, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
The discomfort in Youkilis’ back began the night before when
he slid into first base during a defensive play. After fielding a ground ball
off the bat of Raul Ibanez, Youkilis dropped into a feet-first slide to beat
the fellow veteran to the bag. After he did, it was apparent something was not
"I go as hard as I can and the results happen
after," Youkilis said. "I think now I'll just maybe dive headfirst
more. That was talked about, just dive headfirst and make it look extra
special, I guess. That play probably doesn't happen that much anyway."
Manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he’s hoping that being
held out of the lineup on Sunday and Monday’s off-day Youkilis will be able to
return to the Yankees’ lineup for their series opener against the Oakland
Athletics on Tuesday. In his first year with the Yankees, Youkilis has
maintained a batting line of .239/.314/.380 with seven doubles and two home
runs over 102 plate appearances.
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