Yankees’ Youkilis Says Oblique Strain Not Serious

The injuries continue to pile up for the New York Yankees. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis sat out of Tuesday’s Spring Training game with the Philadelphia Phillies after feeling soreness in his left oblique. Youkilis was originally in the starting lineup until manager Joe Girardi learned of the strain. 

New York Daily News’s Mark Feinsand reported that Youkilis has only a mild strain and that his removal from the lineup was only precautionary. Youkilis made light of the strain when talking about it: "The doctor said very, very mild; just a little thing that happens. I think I kind of learned my lesson, too. Don’t say you’re tight.”

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Youkilis will have further examination by the end of the week but that the injury does not feel the same as his past oblique strains. He has no trouble swinging a bat, but Girardi does not want to take any chances.

Youkilis attributed the strain to dehydration. Said Youkilis, “"It's one of those things where, I think after I swung yesterday and running and all that, it was hot and I got a little dehydrated. When I got water in me, I was fine.” He felt that he could have played in Tuesday’s game.

The Yankees are still awaiting the return of Derek Jeter around March 10, and now Curtis Granderson is out for approximately 10 weeks. Youkilis is playing in place of Alex Rodriguez, who will miss the first half – and possibly all – of 2013.

Bryan Hoch, Sore Left Oblique Sidelines Youkilis, yankees.mlb.com, February 26, 2013.
Mark Feinsand, Yankees Playing It Safe with Youkilis, nydailynews.com, February 26, 2013.

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