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New York Yankees Third Baseman Kevin Youkilis to Be Sidelined a Few Days

February 26th, 2013 at 9:55 AM
By Bob Moseman

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While there is a tendency in spring training to get everyday starters rest, it seems to be all the more important for a veteran-laden Yankees ball club. With that being said, Bryan Hoch of tweets that third baseman Kevin Youkilis will not be in the lineup today when the Yankees visit the Philadelphia Phillies. Moreover, Youkilis plans to be sidelined for a few days with a sore left oblique, as per Yankees manager Joe Girardi,

“Youkilis scratched from Yankees lineup (left oblique). Will be reevaluated in a couple of days, Girardi said."

 “Kevin Youkilis said his injury felt like a cramp, not a strain. Wanted to play today but Yanks are being cautious.”

Coming off an injury-laden 2012 season, which saw Youkilis split time between his long-time Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, this might not be the start the 33-year-old had in mind. However, it simply appears to be cautious protocol, and could very well be much ado about nothing.

With incumbent starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez expected to miss a significant amount of time following major hip surgery, the importance of a healthy Youkilis cannot be discounted.

"The Greek God of Walks," and only a couple of years removed from being a consistent .300 hitter, "Youk" could be in  line for a bounce-back season.






Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Joe Girardi, Kevin Youkilis, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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