Found May 21, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
As the New York Yankees continue to hit and continue to win, reinforcements continue to mend.  The team already got back Curtis Granderson, and Mark Teixeira is nearing a return.  Yesterday, we got news that Alex Rodriguez was taking ground balls as part of his rehab, and now we know Kevin Youkilis is doing the same. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com says that the Yankees are encouraged by Youkilis' progress, but the team is not expected to activate the veteran third baseman before New York returns home next week.  Youkilis has been on the disabled list with a lumbar strain.  He was signed by the Yankees to fill the void left behind by Alex Rodriguez's injury. "He hasn't played a lot," Girardi said. "Is it possible we see him on this road trip? Maybe, but I would expect to see him maybe a little bit the following week if everything goes OK." What would Youkilis' return mean to the Yankees?  When he was in the lineup, Youkilis was hitting .266/.347/.422.  That's better than what he hit between Boston and Chicago last season.  It's enough to help the Yankees win.  Youkilis also provides leadership to a team that has had to rely heavily on younger players this season.  His presence in the locker room is invaluable, but his presence on the field and at the plate will help New York win games. In his career, Youkilis is a .282/.384/.481 hitter.  He made three All-Star teams while a member of the Boston Red Sox.  Youkilis also won a Gold Glove at third base in 2007.  He helped the Red Sox to two World Series victories, and he hopes to help New York to one as well - and what a weird feeling that would be.  Playing and winning the World Series for both teams in sports' greatest rivalry?  That should be motivation enough for Youkilis to get healthy and get back on the field. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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