“I don’t think it’s anything serious. We’re being really cautious right now, because we can be.”
Youkilis said he had “a little cramp” but that it was no big deal and that the Yankees were taking “precautionary” measures with him.
Well, can you blame them?
No, you can’t because Youkilis has had extensive injuries over the past three seasons.
Actually the list is so long that it is almost inevitable Youkilis will wind up on the DL at some point this year, and that is putting it politely.
Do I think Youkilis’ current “cramp” is a bigger concern?
No I do not, but keeping 35-year-old Youkilis healthy for an entire season, most certainly should be.
Have a look for yourself as below is Youkilis injury history from 2010-present; information came courtesy of baseballprospectus.com:
|Date On||Date Off||Games||Side||Body Part||Injury||Severity|
|4/28/11||4/28/11||0||Left||Hip||Soreness||Felt It Jammed|
|8/3/10||10/4/10||56||Right||Thumb||Surgery||Torn Tendon Abductor|
Youkilis was the Yankees big free-agent splash with the idea that he will replace the injured Alex Rodriguez, who is out for God knows how long.
He was not the Yankees first choice at third base as they failed to entice Mark Reynolds and screwed up by not prioritizing bringing back longtime part-timer Eric Chavez. But Youkilis should suffice even coming to New York after posting a career low .745 OPS last season.
Bottom line is keeping Youkilis off the DL could be a potential problem, and one the Yankees will have to anticipate a solution for before it happens. Reality is with Youkilis on the field, the Yankees are better until A-Rod returns.
A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE FOR YANKEE FANS:
Looking at the bigger picture, fans have to stop trusting anything the Yankees say regarding any injury status. Too many LLP readers continue to lash out at me for not believing things are much worse, but that is because 90% of the time they are.
Just think about how many times we, fans, have heard a statement like the one above out of skipper Joe Girardi’s mouth?
Prime example is Phil Hughes who is suffering from a budging disk in his back was supposed to miss a few days. The few days became two weeks, and just yesterday Cashman said it looks like Hughes will not be ready at the start of the regular season.