Kevin Youkilis will be shut down for a few days with what has been diagnosed as a sore left oblique. On Tuesday, Youkilis was scratched from the Yankees’ line-up for their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. For Youkilis’ part, he claims that the injury is just a “cramp” and that he would have played if this were a regular season game.
“Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp,” Youkilis told reporters. “That just turned into, we’re going to be precautionary. I’m fine. I could play today and I’m perfectly fine, but they were just like, ‘No, we’re going to sit you out.’”
“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 any risk.”
Youkilis will be re-evaluated later this week and is hopeful to return to action by the weekend. The veteran third baseman was also shut down with an oblique injury for a few weeks back in 2009.