Kevin Youkilis undergoes back surgery, could miss remainder of regular season
As of Tuesday afternoon, there is yet another name to throw onto that list. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis underwent a procedure Tuesday to repair a herniated disc in his back. His recovery timetable has been set at 10-12 weeks, which will put his season in jeopardy. The full extent of Youkilis' timetable would end on September 10, just three weeks before the season ends. Youkilis would then need to rehab in the minors before joining the Yankees. If he experiences any setbacks at all, there's a good chance he'll only be able to rejoin the team if they make a postseason run.
It was obvious that something was not right with Youkilis' back, as he has batted just .146 with one RBI and 13 strikeouts since returning from the back issue that held him out from April 27 to May 31.
With Alex Rodriguez still rehabbing, the Yankees will use a combination of David Adams, Reid Brignac, and Jayson Nix at third base until a better option is available. Adams has batted .213 with seven RBI and six runs scored through 21 games. Brignac hasn't scored or driven in a run this season, and is batting just .100 through 14 games. Nix appears to be the best option, with a .259 average, 19 RBI, and 18 runs scored through 60 games. However, the Yankees need Nix at shortstop until either Derek Jeter or Eduardo Nunez return.
Considering all of these injuries, the fact that the Yankees have still managed a 38-31 record through this point in the season is pretty surprising.