He's played in all of 28 games for the Yankees this year and is currently on the DL recovering from back surgery to repair a herniated disc on June 20. With the surgery, the estimated timetable for his recovery was 10-12 weeks, which would put him coming back to the team sometime in September.
With most of the season now in the books, Youkilis is still looking to recover, get healthy and get back to the team for a late regular season run and maybe help the team in October, as he told Andy McCullough of the Newark-Star Ledger.
“We’re progressing,” he said. “Hopefully in due time I’ll be able to do some baseball activities. I just have to keep hitting things and progressing, and each progression brings more excitement and more things I can do.”
Youkilis got off to a hot start for the Yankees, hitting .315 in April and looked like the guy who helped the Boston Red Sox win two championships in 2004 and 2007, but then he landed on the DL for the first time on April 28 with a back injury and returned to the Yankees on May 31.
Youkilis then played in 11 more games for the Yankees, but had been dealing with numbness in his leg along with the pain in his back, which caused his average to drop down to .219, After the team's series with the Oakland A's, the Yankees then revealed that Youkilis needed to have surgery to repair his lower back, which is why the Yankees needed Alex Rodriguez back on the team, plus the trade for Mark Reynolds last month.
Aside from playing third base, Youkilis was also supposed to play quite a bit at first base as well with Mark Teixeira on the sidelines during the season, as the Yankees starting first basemen went down for the season with a wrist injury that required surgery in late June.
Youkilis had signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees back in December and if he is somehow able to return to the team later in the month, he might be able to serve as a pinch hitter, designated hitter and role player on the team in order to not aggravate the back injury even further.
In 28 games, the 34-year-old Youkilis is hitting .219 with two home runs, eight RBI and scored 12 runs with an on-base percentage of .305 for the Yankees.
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