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Tuesday morning notes: “No concern” for Youkilis

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After running and taking batting practice yesterday, Kevin Youkilis felt a cramp in his left side. He considered it a non-issue. The Yankees considered it a potential warning sign.

“I got up today and was moving around fine,” Youkilis said. “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. Being a month away from games and all that, they just wanted to take it precautionary. I wanted to play today and was perfectly fine to play and didn’t feel like there was in risk.”

Is an MRI planned?

“Oh God no,” Youkilis said. “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.”

The Yankees are extremely cautious this time of year, which seems to make obvious sense (especially with an older roster, two days after losing one everyday player for 10 weeks). Joe Girardi said he had no real concerns about Youkilis, just wanted to play it safe. The Yankees are labeling the injury as an oblique issue, but that seems to be strictly because there’s no real name for it other than a slight cramp in the left side just above the hip.

“I’ve had an oblique (injury) before,” Youkilis said. “It doesn’t feel anything like that. … I could literally go out there and play. No concerns whatsoever.”

• Actually, it’s uncertain whether any of the Yankees will play today. It was raining earlier today and the forecast calls for more rain here and in Clearwater. The Yankees bus was supposed to have left already, but it’s been pushed back to 11 a.m. so that the Yankees can take batting practice here (inside, I assume). Still seems pretty hit-or-miss whether there will actually be a game today.

• If there is a game, it will include the first spring appearances of Dave Robertson and Joba Chamberlain. Girardi said he’s planning to keep Robertson in the eighth inning — obviously — and he considers Chamberlain a strong candidate to be the go-to seventh-inning reliever. David Aardsma is also in that mix, but Girardi seemed to be leaning toward Chamberlain.

• Yankees planning to carry two left-handed relievers again? “You could look at it that way, that you’re going to have two lefties,” Girardi said.

• Didn’t see Phil Hughes this morning, but Girardi said Hughes’ pool work has gone well. “He’s not floating,” Girardi said. “That’s good.”

• Without Brett Gardner in the lineup, why isn’t Ichiro Suzuki batting leadoff today? “I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I just put him second.”

• Had a random morning conversation with J.R. Murphy, who’s moved this year to a locker on the back wall with the top catchers in camp. He said he likes it because there’s a better chance to really talk to and learn from the more experienced guys. I asked him if he played third base at all last season — could look it up, but I couldn’t remember at that moment — and Murphy said he honestly gets 2011 and 2012 mixed up in his head. He thought he played third base late in an extra-inning game but otherwise caught all year.

• Nothing new with the left field situation. “I’ve got a lot of paying attention to do,” Girardi said.

• Andy Pettitte is throwing live batting practice to Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin today.

• Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Hiroki Kuroda and Boone Logan are each throwing sides today.

Today’s second string: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Gil Velazquez, SS Cito Culver, 3B Walter Ibarra, LF Thomas Neal, CF Adonis Garcia, RF Ronnier Mustelier, DH Rob Segedin

Today’s scheduled relievers: Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Jim Miller, Francisco Rondon, Zach Nuding, Branden Pinder, Juan Cedeno, Chase Whitley

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68 Responses to “Tuesday morning notes: “No concern” for Youkilis”

  1. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Does prefering young players make me a spoiled Yankee fan?

    —————–

    Every complaint makes one a spoiled Yankee fan so far as I can tell. The thing is, we’re only considered spoiled because we’re so damn good. Look at the Cubs.. those fans have plenty of complaints but no one would consider them spoiled lol. Those people are just sad.

  2. pat February 26th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    JPosnanski
    In time, you can get used to any player in any uniform … except Kevin Youkilis with the Yankees. That will never make sense.

  3. yankeefeminista February 26th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    It’ll be nice to see DRob and Joba pitch. I’d love to see Andy throw BP to Slade and Austin. Hopefully, we’ll get to see a Cito and JR AB. Really like JR behind the plate.

  4. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Can we stop pretending that Youk is going to need major surgery and miss the entire season now?

  5. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Shame

    So it’s a paradoxical thing? ;)

    It does seem like there is a fan police thing here.

  6. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thats the soaking rain we’re supposed to get here tonight and tommorrow

  7. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Chip February 26th, 2013 at 10:19 am
    Can we stop pretending that Youk is going to need major surgery and miss the entire season now?

    __________________________________________

    ALot of people here would love for that to happen so they can jump on it and say “See, I told ya so!!!!!!!!!”

  8. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Yeah, there are a legion of people here who actually root against the Yankees because they think Youkilis is overpaid. This blog has gotten nuts.

  9. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 10:13 am
    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Does prefering young players make me a spoiled Yankee fan?

    —————–

    Every complaint makes one a spoiled Yankee fan so far as I can tell. The thing is, we’re only considered spoiled because we’re so damn good. Look at the Cubs.. those fans have plenty of complaints but no one would consider them spoiled lol. Those people are just sad.
    __________________________________________________

    Maybe becuase it seems that some fans do nothing BUT complain and whine, no matter what the team does. Gets annoying sometimes. Geez, its Feb. 26 and some people think the season is doomed already cause they have a couple of injuries. As far as young players, I would love to see some young blood on this team. I’m not one who is in favor of trading a prospect or 2 for 37 year old Soriano or forfeiting a draft pick to sign Kyle Loshe who would get toasted in the AL East

  10. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Maybe becuase it seems that some fans do nothing BUT complain and whine, no matter what the team does. Gets annoying sometimes.
    -

    Your post is a whine, and it is annoying as well.

  11. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Maybe becuase it seems that some fans do nothing BUT complain and whine, no matter what the team does. Gets annoying sometimes.
    -

    Your post is a whine, and it is annoying as well.

    ______________________________________________

    So are 98% of yours. Go back to sleep

  12. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Youk is an injury risk. The guy is going to be on the DL at least once this season, so it’s going to be a talking point.

    Had Hughes and Grandy not already experienced injuries, we might not be so excitable.

  13. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I think I talk about completely irrelevant stuff on here more than I do complain… does that even things out? Or just make things worse? :twisted:

  14. Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    So are 98% of yours. Go back to sleep

    -

    The difference is that I don’t give a crap what you or anyone else posts as long as you don’t tell others what to post.

    I get paid a lot of money to sleep..,

  15. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Yeah, there are a legion of people here who actually root against the Yankees because they think Youkilis is overpaid. This blog has gotten nuts.
    ————–

    Youk was pulled for a cramp in the team’s 4th spring training game and you used it as another opportunity to push your narrative…

    If you want to look at what’s nuts, look at within.

  16. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    So are 98% of yours. Go back to sleep

    -

    The difference is that I don’t give a crap what you or anyone else posts as long as you don’t tell others what to post.

    I get paid a lot of money to sleep..,
    ————–

    What the hell does your salary have to do with the quality of your posts?

  17. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Rich in NJ February 26th, 2013 at 10:34 am
    So are 98% of yours. Go back to sleep

    -

    The difference is that I don’t give a crap what you or anyone else posts as long as you don’t tell others what to post.

    I get paid a lot of money to sleep..,

    ______________________________________________________
    Of course you do. I could see someone paying you a ton to keep quiet and go away

  18. Russell Munson February 26th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Can’t we all just get along?

  19. blake February 26th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The injury risk the yanks are carrying is as much factual documentary as it is narrative

  20. Doreen February 26th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Oh, man. Sounds like they can’t even get on the same page with Youk about what exactly is the problem. Youk says “stitch” or “cramp.” Yankees going with oblique. Obliquely oblique.

  21. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Where’s Hal? He’s the guy that should be answering questions about replacing Grandy. He’s the guy that has elected to operate the greatest franchise in sports history onna shoestring. He’s the guy that that has chosen to field a team with No depth. He’s also the guy now pulling a Claude Rains.

  22. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    blake February 26th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The injury risk the yanks are carrying is as much factual documentary as it is narrative
    —————-

    And that’s fine; but let’s consider that the two major injuries we’ve seen this spring are not age related and the injury that people are using to sound the “the team is too old” “there’s injury risk all over this team” is a cramp that isn’t serious at all.

  23. blake February 26th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    @BenBadler: The latest on Aledmys Diaz, the Cuban shortstop who might be using a false age to look older http://t.co/d3bxdQKXyw

  24. blake February 26th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    @keithlaw: I think the Yanks need to do better. RT @aricarlospena: @keithlaw in light of Granderson injury, thoughts on Mustelier? Mesa? Almonte?

  25. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I saw where someone said that this cramp was “a sign of things to come” that by mid-April it will be a bunch of minor league fill ins….

    That’s just silly as silly can be.

  26. blake February 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    “there’s injury risk all over this team” is a cramp that isn’t serious at all.”

    Risk is there either way…..Id rather him not have had it…..

  27. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The “walkin’ on egg shells” is due to the lack of depth on this team. The Yanks have had older players for a while now, but they always had a decent back-up at that position, should somebody go down. Now, your back-up is a guy whose voice is still in the process of changing.

  28. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    blake February 26th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    “there’s injury risk all over this team” is a cramp that isn’t serious at all.”

    Risk is there either way…..Id rather him not have had it…..
    ——————-

    Players, young and old, get cramps all the time. Youk himself said it, this isn’t serious and wouldn’t have kept him out of a regular season game. It’s a non story. We’ve just been hammered over the head by the narratives that the team is too old and too injury prone that it gets blown out of proportion.

  29. Doreen February 26th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    One thing concerns me. Youkilis apparently said he learned he’s not going to be so vocal about every ache and pain (paraphrasing). This is not a good thing. Players do not like when teams take precautionary measures. Players do not like to sit. Players keep aches and pains quiet until they become a problem.

  30. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Doreen,

    I don’t think he meant it as a statement about the team, so much as it’s now a big media story. I think that’s what he meant by not wanting to be so vocal about it. That he would rather not have to talk to the press about every normal body ache that he has.

  31. Doreen February 26th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Chip -

    I sure hope that’s what he meant. But once your name is scratched from a lineup, there’s nothing you can do about the swarm of attention. Perhaps, though, it would be beneficial if both the player and the team spokesperson were calling it the same thing? Just a thought….

    The press is like Lohud squared. ;)

  32. Wave Your Hat February 26th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Maybe it’s a cramp, maybe it isn’t.

  33. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Youk Not vocal? HAHAHAHAHAHA

  34. blake February 26th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Chip,

    Youk hasn’t played 140 games since 2008……he’s like a car that breaks down on who all the time …..even if the mechanic gives it a clean bill of health you’re still gonna get nervous the first time the engine misses…..especially if its your only car

  35. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Lack of depth courtesy of Hal = paranoia.

  36. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Obliquely oblique.

    ————-

    Best line of the thread. Nice work, Doreen.

  37. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    No one is sounding alarms on this team, btw. Everyone, surely, will acknowledge it is very, very early in the year and this team is not down for the count because of some back soreness or cramps at this point.

    We just have very little margin for error this year.. and if any of these conditions linger we could be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  38. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    So there’s basically been no movement on the Diaz case at all.

  39. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    What do you guys think is gonna be in that locked AL Capone Safe on Hardcore Pawn Chicago???

  40. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    What do you guys think is gonna be in that locked AL Capone Safe on Hardcore Pawn Chicago???

    ———————–

    Nucky Thompson’s billfold.

  41. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Maybe Geraldo climbs out?

  42. austinmac February 26th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Let’s not get too concerned about Youkilis. He should be fine. There are bigger issues.

    The Yankees decided to go even more cheaply on depth this year. That is already causing a problem and will be a problem following every injury. All commentators see it. Last year they had Chavez when AROD gets hurt. This year they have Nix? The back up outfielders turned starters are Diaz and Rivera. Look at the back of their baseball cards. Their last few years are awful.

    The only way the team can compete is to have an unusually healthy year, in my opinion. With the age of the team, I don’t like the odds.

    Negative? Absolutely. Unfortunately, it is also true.

  43. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Yea, I did Not like Nucky throwin’ in with Al. I did Like Chalky White standin’ up Big Time.

  44. joeman February 26th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Kevin Youkilis is just following true to form the last couple of years…can you see a in and out of the lineup type player with him..

  45. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I think Nix will end up being the backup infielder. He’ll probably be the next guy in line for the 3B spot and I think they feel comfortable playing him at SS. Did he play 2B at all last year? I don’t expect Cano to get much time off but having Nix be available to back up all 3 is nice.

  46. blake February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    @ChasRiverDogs: Nice video from @YESNetwork w/ 2 former RiverDogs catchers Gary Sanchez & @JRMurphy513 down at Spring Training! http://t.co/7iTBHixyAs #chs

  47. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Any player that gets in Bobby V’s face, (both back stage and in the press), gets Extra Credit in Donny’s Book.

  48. austinmac February 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Shame,

    Is there a reason in the world to think the Yankees would win a bid on any player desired by others? They may have more of a shot if Diaz is under 23.

    Cespedes is very good and is going to be a star. People are raving about Soler. We got Adonis Garcia. But, he was very cheap. The Yankees can say we signed a Cuban defector, just one who may never have an MLB at bat.

    It was stupid then and it is stupid now.

  49. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Any player that gets in Bobby V’s face, (both back stage and in the press), gets Extra Credit in Donny’s Book.

    —————-

    Does that come with extra coupons to the Waffle House?

    Man I hope so…

  50. Chip February 26th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    When bashing Hal just remember…it could be much worse:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......ch-better/

  51. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Cespedes or Soler would have been really nice additions.. it would have fit in with the budget plan and acted as a bridge to the young OFers in the system.

    I still can’t understand them passing up both.

  52. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    - CHIP -
    My fear is it is gonna get worse under Hal. He’s gonna hit that $189, and continue that same trend.

  53. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Using Loria for comparison to anything is a borderline straw man lol. That guy is the worst person… ever.

  54. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Loria + Voldemort + Satan + Kathy Lee Gifford…. would this be the true Axis of Evil??

  55. Wave Your Hat February 26th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    “I still can’t understand them passing up both.”

    What makes you think the Yank organization is better than the average organization in judging minor league/international/amateur talent?

  56. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    That “Evil Empire” ruling was a lulu. Lucas shoulda Entirely locked that up long ago.

  57. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    It’s not being Better, it’s having plenty of money which allows you to cover your bases.

  58. Wave Your Hat February 26th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    “It’s not being Better, it’s having plenty of money which allows you to cover your bases.”

    Well I guess the Yanks disagree with you there.

  59. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Yeah.. what Donny said.

    It’s not that I think they have better scouting (even though in theory they should) but they have a tight fiscal plan and a need for a somewhat longer OF option, so why not get either one of those toolsy guys at a good price and see what they can do?

    Eh, oh well. Watching Cespedes last year just hurt, that’s all. I wonder if they’re watching the Diaz situation closely. MLB is moving at a snails pace on that one.

  60. Tackelberry February 26th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Cespedes or Soler would have been really nice additions.. it would have fit in with the budget plan and acted as a bridge to the young OFers in the system.

    I still can’t understand them passing up both.

    ________________________________________________

    They actually made a strong bid for Soler, but the Cubs blew everyone out of the water with their offer. They were determined to land him no matter what.

  61. Jerkface February 26th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    That “Evil Empire” ruling was a lulu. Lucas shoulda Entirely locked that up long ago.

    Whats interesting about Evil Empire is that its not really related to Star Wars at all. So I don’t think Lucas coulda ‘locked that up’ at any rate. Its really only about the Yankees and Russia.

  62. Shame Spencer February 26th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Aw, anyone that needs a pick me up this morning can read this story it’s adorbs. Something trisha would appreciate: http://www.theindychannel.com/.....-elsewhere

  63. blake February 26th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    If Soler turns into a stud that will really suck….

  64. blake February 26th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    FOX says Daytona ratings up 22% and most watched since 2008…..Danica effect.

  65. tomingeorgia February 26th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Good race, too. Where are they this weekend?

  66. DONNYBROOK February 26th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Danica AND that horrific crack-up Sat. NO matter what anyone says, Joe 6 Pack watches Nascar in hopes of seeing a crash or 5, and Ice Hockey in hopes of the gloves dropping to the ice.

  67. tomingeorgia February 26th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Looked it up: Pheonix.

  68. tomingeorgia February 26th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Phoenix, I meant. Nice time of year to be there.


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