Injury-hit Yankees lose Youkilis, Teixeira
The injury-hit New York Yankees, fighting for a Major League Baseball playoff as mid-season nears, lost two more stars on Tuesday in first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
Teixeira was put on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right wrist while Youkilis will have surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disc and is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
After doctor Robert Watkins performs the operation, Youkilis -- who has played in only 28 games this season -- will stay in California until he is able to report to the Yankees' training facility in Tampa, Florida.
At 38-31, the Yankees are third in the American League East division but only one victory out of playoff position as the midpoint approaches on the six-month regular season campaign.
The "Bronx Bombers" have played well despite numerous injuries, notably to their all-star infield.
Just last week, Yankees superstar shortstop Derek Jeter was cleared to resume full baseball activities and run on his surgically repaired left ankle, broken in last year's American League Championship Series.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is recovering from off-season hip surgery also is being investigated in connection with a doping scandal over a Miami clinic that reportedly provided players banned performance-enhancing substances.
Youkilis has a .219 average with two home runs, seven doubles and eight runs batted in as a designated hitter while Teixeira, who has played only 15 games, has batted only .151 with three homers and 12 runs batted in.
Teixeira strained a wrist tendon in March's World Baseball Classic and was not activated until May 31. He removed himself from a game on Sunday complaining about the wrist but a scan showed no tear in the tendon.