This week has not been a kind one for the New York Yankees regarding injuries.
After announcing on Tuesday that Mark Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day DL with an aggravated wrist injuries, Kevin Youkilis will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disc, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com
"Kevin Youkilis will have surgery to repair a herniated disc on Thursday. Expected to miss 10-12 weeks," he tweeted.
Youkilis was originally placed on the 15-day DL back on June 14 after experiencing more back pain following the Yankees 18-inning 3-2 loss to the Oakland A's, which was the second time he landed on the sidelines with the injury.
Youkilis was first placed on the DL back on April 28 with the same injury and missed over a month as a result and didn't come off until May 31, which was the same day Teixeira came back for the Yankees as well to play the Boston Red Sox.
With the 10-12 weeks needed, that puts Youkilis' return to the team in September, pending that rehab goes well and he fully recovers from the injury and surgery.
In 2013, the 34-year-old third basemen has played in just 28 games for the Yankees and has hit just .219 with two home runs and eight RBI.
With Youkilis out, the Yankees have used utilityman Jayson Nix and rookie David Adams in place of the veteran this season, and it's likely that manager Joe Girardi will continue to do so when the Yankees begin their series on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also, with the news of Youkilis needing surgery, you have to wonder if GM Brian Cashman will be more willing to pull the trigger on adding some firepower to the offense, especially if Teixeira needs season-ending surgery to his wrist and if Youkilis has any setbacks in his recovery from the injury.
The team already has Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli, Curtis Granderson, Eduardo Nunez and Michael Pineda on the DL recovering from their injuries, plus now Youkilis and Teixeira.
Back in December, the Yankees signed Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal to be the starting third basemen; a deal that has almost backfired in Cashman and the Yankees' faces, as he has spent more days on the DL in 2013 than on the field.Tags: back surgery, Baseball, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Teixeira, MLB, New York, New York Yankees