Kevin Youkilis out 10-12 weeks following back surgery


Kevin Youkilis will miss 10-12 weeks following surgery to correct a herniated disc in his back, the team announced. He will have the procedure on Thursday. There’s a decent chance we won’t see him again this year or in pinstripes ever again.

Youkilis, 34, hit .219/.305/.343 (77 wRC+) with two homers in 118 plate appearances for New York this year. He has missed a bunch of time back trouble this year (one month), last year (two months total), and the year before that (three weeks). This isn’t surprising at all. Backs rarely get better. The three-headed replacement level monster of David Adams, Jayson Nix, and Reid Brignac will continue to rotate around the left side of the infield for the time being.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Pat D says:

    So the earliest he’s back will be last week of August.

    Yea, somebody find me a third baseman.


    • Travis L. says:

      A-Rod to the rescue!!!!

      • Pat D says:

        I sure hope so.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Chances of him coming back AND playing well are pretty slim IMO. Even if he hits, I would think he’ll mostly be a DH.

        • trr says:

          No; this is it with him. Back issues? Forget about him….
          We made a mistake signing him, let’s move on to the best possible options going forward. Shed no tears for him; he got a $12m sendoff for negative WAR

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            Think he was referring to Arod….

            • trr says:

              Oh, my bad then,.. Manny’s usually down on A-Rod right?
              I’m nota huge fan of A-Rod, but goddam, the more time goes on, the more we need whatever he can give us.

              Youk is cooked in my estimation. Now it’s…Adams? Nix?
              Get well soon Musty, opportunity is a-knockin’

  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    $12mil for 28 games and -.4 WAR lol

    • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

      It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. (Sign me up!!)

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Not as bad as Kei Igawa who was $42 million for -0.6 bWAR.

  3. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Now would sure be a nice time for you to start hitting again, Mr. Adams.

    • jjyank says:

      And/or Mustelier to come off the DL (and also hit).

      • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

        Looking at the bright side, Future Hall of Famer Ronnier Mustilier may still get his shot this season!

        • trr says:

          Am I seeing a Quadropheniac here?

          • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:


            • trr says:

              My Man!
              That album was the soundtrack to my adolescence. (Which tells you something about me) One of the most awesome achievements in the history of popular music

              • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

                Right with you. Lived with that album as a soundtrack to my life at the time (well, kinda).

                • trr says:

                  Well not lterally.
                  But when you’re 17 and think the whole fucking world hates you and no one is listening, well…
                  I think you know what I mean Greg

                  “I wanna drown…..in cold water”

  4. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Well that ended well.

  5. LK says:

    Good thing they didn’t DL him when he intially hurt it so he could play in that 1 game.

  6. LawStudent says:

    Coulda paid for a year of Russell Martin and then some with the money wasted on Youk.

    • Duh Injuries says:

      2012-13 Martin, a catcher with power: $17M ($8.5M a year.)

      2013 Youkilis, a 1B/3B with a history of injury: $12M

      Cashman has to and should be on the hotseat for this $428,571.42 per at-bat mistake.

      Youk we hardly knew ya.

  7. J-Money says:

    Great signing. Gets better each day.

  8. Fin says:

    In hindsight it sure seems silly to let Martin and Swish walk and then use similar amts of money for Ichiro, Youk and bring on Wells salary. I cant lie though, I was not for a long term contract for Swish or Martin this offseason as I think Swish is not going to live up to his contract and I have no love for Martin.

  9. mt says:

    Red Sox fans are laughing hysterically at Yanks right now – per Cashman to think a factor in his signing was that White Sox offered him a two year deal / LOL.
    Reminds me so much of Nick Johnson being signed to replace Matsui who was feared to be too old and injury prone.

  10. Get Phelps Up says:

    And there’ll still be people who don’t want A-Rod back.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Alex should have known and timed his return with Youk’s inevitable back/ass/lack-of-facial-hair injury, yet he didn’t, therefore this is Alex’s fault.

      • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

        I’m glad someone pointed that out.

  11. Ethan says:

    Man, I wish I made a ton of money to suck at my job and only play/work a sixth of the time.

  12. Frank says:

    This is the first time in many years I’m actually looking forward to football season. This is going to be long, long summer for the Yanks.

    • Wheels says:

      Not necessarily.

    • Nick says:

      Good grief, the club is 2 GB in the loss column.

      • Fin says:

        Look at the lineup out there today, how long do you really expect that to last. Just like when the Yankees were under .500 with some great teams and far back in the standing you knew it wouldn’t last. This is the same, they may be over .500 and 2 games back but with this lineup I don’t think that will last. The lineup has to be the worst in baseball today.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Less talented offensive teams have done far far more relying on pitching. See: SF Giants

        • MannyGeee says:

          And also, this isn’t even the worst lineup in the AL East. Tampa’s lineup past Longoria, Jennings & Zobrist is mediocre at best. And there is no help in the horizon for them. Also, Seattle, KC and Minnesota say hi.

  13. Claudell says:

    I, for one, didn’t see this coming.

  14. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    But the Boggs comparisons!

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Subtitled “The Happy Thread.”

  16. Where are you Scott Brosius, a lonely nation turns it’s eyes to you?

  17. steves says:

    I’m sure Brewers would love to dump the Aramis Ramirez contract.

  18. EndleessJose says:

    A-Rod would help but with his constant injuries and like Jeter we don’t know if he can play the field everyday.Also there’s that big PEDS issue that people forget looming over him.

    Bacially all the injured players won’t be available until early August.The yankees can’t rely on him and will have to look for more bandaids.

  19. Wheels says:

    Thanks for the memories, Youk.

  20. VO III says:

    BC will try and blame this one on the hitting coach too, what a joke. Start selling off the tradeable assets and retool for next year already. Oh wait, there’s that 189 million thing… Well I guess we can wait for the farm to start producing. then again…

  21. Leg-End says:

    Nice knowing ya Youk.

  22. Matty Ice says:

    Glad I can go back to saying “Fuck Youk” and not feel somewhat guilty about it.

  23. Mike Rauth says:

    What a mess this team is!

  24. Jorge Brosada says:

    What a useless signing. Doubt he even returns to contribute anything positive for the rest of the season. Glad he’s only on a 1 year deal. Won’t be sad to see this PoS leave

  25. Al says:

    What a fricken Joke! And we could have signed Mark Reynolds

  26. Oy says:

    Yanks need to call Padres. They need pitching, I think Cashman can buy low on Headley with a package of Phelps, Adams and Warren.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      *checks sarcasm detector*

      I need backup on this.

      • BFDeal says:

        I’m just surprised it wasn’t Hughes, Joba, and Nix.

      • jjyank says:

        Sadly, I don’t think it was sarcasm.

        That said, buying low on Headley isn’t a bat idea. I don’t think it would happen, though.

      • Oy says:

        It’s not as ridiculous as you make it out to be. Fans don’t seem to realize that Phelps is most likely the largest trading chip Yankees have. A 26 year old pitcher with an 8.63 K/9 and 3.64 ERA/4.01 ERA after 168 innings of AL East baseball who has 4 years of team control has immerse value. Warren has shown great progress this year in the majors, that’s 5 years of a 5th starter.

        Granted, the Adams choice was silly, I think a Heathcott substitute makes more sense.

        I don’t see how 4 years of a mid rotation arm, 5 years of a back end rotation/bullpen arm and a lottery ticket prospect is not enough for a 1.5 years of control for a player who’s having a down year.

        • The Kroc Family says:

          We’d like to, um, bring you in for GM interview, like, now.

        • BFDeal says:

          Why would a contending, not rebuilding, team trade away one of their bats? They need all the offense they can get. These trades have to fit both teams.

    • Bill says:

      Check the standings, the Padres have a better shot at the playoffs than the Yankees do.

  27. Algernon Blackwood says:

    Good riddance, it was always embarrassing having him on the Yankees.

  28. Greg says:

    move Cano to 3B and bring back Horace Clarke.

  29. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Well, shit.

  30. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cashman will be on with Kay to talk about Youk’s injury in a few minutes, in case anyone’s interested.

  31. BSwink23 says:

    This pisses me off in the sense that anyone should have seen that the possibility of this happening was greater than the reward if it didn’t. He has a history of this that shouldn’t have been ignored. To me, it’s even worse that they say that one factor for signing him was the willingness of the White Sox to sign him to a two year deal. Are the Yankees now letting other teams decide who they should and shouldn’t sign? Accept the responsibility that you screwed up, take some accountability. Don’t say that you were influenced by another team’s mistake. And spend your money more wisely. This was a disaster waiting to happen.

    • Evan3457 says:

      Not what was meant.

      One of the criticism’s of the signing of Feliciano was that the Mets overworked him and didn’t bid for him. Therefore, Cashman should’ve known Feliciano was damaged.

      So the White Sox offered Youkillis a two-year deal, and the Yanks own medical exam cleared Youkillis. Therefore, Cashman should’ve known Youkillis was also damaged, even if he wasn’t.

      The other options were all not terribly palatable.

      Keppinger: 32 years old, coming off a career year, would’ve had to top a multiyear deal from the White Sox. I don’t think so. Having a terrible season.

      Reynolds: After playoff hitting debacle, Yanks are trying to strike out less, get more “versatile hitters”. Reaching for the #1 or #2 strikeout hitter in all MLB? I don’t think so. Having a mediocre season.

      Empty the farm for Headley off a career year? I don’t think so.

      Polanco? Even worse than Youkillis. I don’t think so.

      • BSwink23 says:

        Reynolds doesn’t have a history of being injured, especially with a bad back. He signed for half the money that Youkilis signed for. He has far outperformed anyone that the Yankees have put at 3rd, including Youkilis. He’s hit 14 HR’s and has driven in more than 40 runs this year. He would be the 2nd best hitter on this team, 3rd best if you want to put Gardner in front of him, which is arguable but I could go either way. But most importantly, he’s on the field. As far as the strikeouts go, this team strikes out more and walks less than any Yankees team in recent memory. The “I don’t like the strikeouts” argument doesn’t hold up when you take the rest of the team into account. It’s OK for Granderson to strike out every other AB but not OK for anyone else?

        Reynolds was a better choice than Youkilis.

        Just for the record, I thought the Feliciano signing was a bad sign, too. They’ve got to read the writing on the wall with these guys.

  32. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Typical Cash. Simple. Sobering. Not making any promises he knows he can’t keep and, therefore, probably coming off as not saying much to some. I happen to like his interview approach for those reasons, but that’s just me.

    Expects Jeter back after ASB, Cervelli mid-July, Granderson end of July when asked by Kay in a lightning round sort of thing.

    • trr says:

      so nothing too new there… I was thinking Grandy’d be back sooner than that

      • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

        Yeah, I expected Grandy back earlier than the rest too. And A-Rod seems to be ahead of Jeter on his rehab (based on rehab reports) although I would still figure he’s back after the ASB. No mention of him?

  33. LK says:

    Well, this was always a possibility given that they signed someone even more injury-prone than A-Rod to replace A-Rod. I’ll defend them at least somewhat on this one though; there really weren’t a lot of 3B options.

  34. Reggie C. says:

    How about Aramis Ramirez …

    Phelps, Joba, and Eduardo Nunez …

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’d rather keep Phelps and roll with Adams/Nix/Musty at third until Alex gets back in that case.

    • The Doctor says:

      Ramirez would be a salary dump for the Brewers. I doubt it’d take much more than Warren plus one decent to good prospect.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Truth. In fact, I would wait another 3 weeks and make a grab for Corey Hart too, to be honest.

        This is the kind of move the Yankees have historically made. Wait for a team to be ready to dump salary and grab the high ticket players for dimes on the dollar. Ride them out for that last 2 months of their contracts and send them packing. Classic Cashman…

  35. trr says:

    And now it’s raining

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Been raining a while on my end. Should pass.

      In other news, Kay is chastizing LaGreca for not knowing who Flo Rida is.

      • I'm One (Because typing all the letters in "The Real Me" is becoming tiresome and might get me confused with "The Real Greg" which is why I dropped the handle originally) says:

        I’m amazed Kay knows who he is.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Now they’re on Geezer Butler. This part is actually pretty damn funny.

        Kay: “Can we play something by Geezer Butler tomorrow?”
        LaGreca: “You can’t just play something by him! You’ve got to find some Sabbath!”

  36. Bill says:

    Well on the bright side of things at least I can hate Youkilis once again. That said I think I hate Cashman a little more right now. Gotta say Cash is my goat right now he needs to do work or he should be gone after the season. The organization is an utter mess right now and without a quick change of direction is on a bad road.

    • The Doctor says:

      Cash isn’t the one mandating one year deals, nor the one regulating the free agent market which had no real alternatives. Nor did he take a lead pipe to A-Rod’s hip in the offseason.

    • LarryM Fl says:

      How can you blame Cash. Did he cause the extended injury recoup time? Did he cause the injuries?

  37. LarryM Fl says:

    Can Youkilis still be invited to Old Timers Day. Does the 28 games qualify him? I can just hear the ovation. It would be deafening.

  38. jtb12081 says:

    Another wonderful Brian Cashman signing. Anyone that wants Cashman as their GM deserves exactly what they get. Any nation that wants Obama, Bush, Clinton, FDR as their nation deserves exactly what they get…and they got it to the tune of worldwide bankruptcy.

  39. Jim Cavanaugh says:

    Disaster of a signing. We are getting what we deserve; this guy never wanted to be here (he still might be sitting on the offer as we speak) and looked disinterested from day one. Remember him on TV showing Jack Curry his “new swing” lmao ? Please. It was all an act. The Yankees always try to front like they are learning from their mistakes but it’s one dumb brick move after another (see Wells). I understand roster spots have to be filled and production is needed but they need to stop trying to fool the fans with over the hill stars who will magically produce cause they put on pinstripes. Once ARod went down it shoulda been Adams and once Grandy got hurt it should have been a prospect, be it Almonte or how about Mason Williams ??? Yeah i know he’s had a rough go of it down the farm but he’s 21 or 22 by now why not give him a shot up here. Oh wait i forgot … the Yankees don’t do that.

    End Rant. Sorry !

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