Kevin Youkilis has a bulging disc in his back. It’s the L-4, which Youkilis said is the same one he’s had problem with in the past. This time, the disc and the resulting inflammation caused some rubbing against a nerve, which was sending some “discomfort” into Youkilis’s leg.
“The epidural shot, the doctor was pretty excited,” Youkilis said. “He got the shot in perfectly where it needed to be and fluids where it needed to be. He was pretty excited that once all the medicine kicks in, it takes a week to 14 days to fully go, but to get back to doing stuff shouldn’t take that long. Probably a week would be just starting to do more baseball like activities and stuff like that. But for the first part you just kind of ease your way back in because the medicine is still working.
“… The first thing Dr. Ahmad said to me was, ‘This is nothing career-ending, nothing to worry about surgery wise.’ Nothing like that. It’s just a minor thing you’re going to have to deal with an epidural.”
Youkilis said he’s hopeful that he will need no more than 15 days on the disabled list. Joe Girardi said the same.
Youkilis does not believe his decision to play on Saturday made things any worse, it just cost the Yankees a chance to further back-date the DL stint.
“I think I’m more to blame than others because I should have said I wasn’t 100 percent,” Youkilis said. “That’s probably my mistake. But with the epidural, it’s probably going to take seven days, and if I didn’t go on the DL it would have been 10, 11 days anyway. We need guys here to play. Especially going out to Colorado, being in a National League game and stuff like that. It was the right move. But it’s going to be good to get it healthy and get it right.”
• Girardi said that Curtis Granderson got “a couple” of at-bats in extended spring training today. He would have taken more, but it rained. Girardi said he’s assuming nothing went wrong with the at-bats. “No news, in a sense, is good news,” he said. “I’m not ever sure what he did with his at-bats.”
• Mark Teixeira is still not hitting off a tee or toss. “He definitely feels better and hopefully that’s close,” Girardi said.
SCRATCH THAT: Despite Girardi’s pregame comments, Teixeira just tweeted that he actually did hit today. I have to assume it was just tee and toss.
• The latest on Alex Rodriguez is more of the same. “Still the same,” Girardi said. “Non-baseball activity, but getting stronger. On the treadmill and doing those sort of things.”
• Ronnier Mustelier is scheduled to join the Triple-A lineup tomorrow. It will be his first regular season appearance of the season. He was sidelined by that spring knee injury.
• Why Chris Stewart to catch David Phelps? Mostly because Stewart is the regular guy at this point. “I’ve given Cervy some weeks when it was four out of five, some weeks it was three out of five,” Girardi said. “So I’m probably going to give Stew his fair amount. My mind could change later on, but I’m probably going to give (Stewart most of the playing time). So it’s not really different.”
• Why Travis Hafner at DH against another lefty? “I think it depends how many days in a row he’s went,” Girardi said. “This will be his fifth day in a row, so I’m OK with that as a DH. If we were in a stretch of 16 days in a row, like we’ve been, and he had played in every one, I probably wouldn’t be OK with it. Five days doesn’t bother me.”
• Why is Brett Gardner on the bench? “Just kind of choose (how) I’m going to share the days off against lefties when we face them,” Girardi said. “Ich has been hot, too. That’s the bottom line. Ich has been hot, so I chose to give Gardy a day today.”
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