Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Jun 17 '79

Kevin Youkilis (back) hit off a tee and took soft-toss Friday.

Youkilis was cleared to begin swinging a bat this week and he'll now continue his rehab at the Yankees' spring training complex. Out since mid-June following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Youk is hoping to return for the final week of the season.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Jun 17 '79

Kevin Youkilis (back) has begun to take dry swings.

It's nice to hear, but he's not close to returning. In fact, when discussing Youkilis and fellow injured players Travis Hafner (shoulder) and Zoilo Almonte (ankle), Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Youk "is probably the least probable of the three" to return. He's been out since mid-June following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY May 23 '79

Kevin Youkilis (back) said Sunday that he has not ruled out returning to the Yankees this season.

Youkilis underwent surgery in mid-June to repair a herniated disc. "The thing about the back is, there's no timetables - the surgery, it's different for everybody in different ways," the veteran third baseman said. "We hope we can play this year but you have to go through all the progressions first and that's what I'm doing."

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Apr 17 '79

Yankees transferred INF Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move made in order to add Travis Ishikawa to the roster. Youkilis is hoping to return late in the season from back surgery.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 29 '79

Kevin Youkilis has a herniated disc in his back and will undergo surgery to repair it on Thursday.

He is expected to need about 10-12 weeks of rest and rehab, which puts his season in jeopardy. It's another brutal blow to the Yankees, who have been without third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) all year. Youkilis was batting .219/.305/.343 with two home runs and eight RBI in 28 games as A-Rod's fill-in at the hot corner.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 25 '79

Yankees placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain.

No word yet on how long he may be sidelined, but since its a recurring issue, it may be longer than 15 days. It's the same ailment that landed Youkilis on the disabled list at the end of April. He managed to hit just.146/.239/.220 with one RBI and 13 K's in 41 at-bats after returning from the disabled list on May 31.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 25 '79

Kevin Youkilis went 0-for-7 at the plate in Thursday's extra innings loss to the Athletics.

Youkilis did manage to draw a walk but struck out three times. He's down to .219/.305/.343 for the season and is hitting only .146 since returning from the disabled list.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 23 '79

Kevin Youkilis (back) went 1-for-4 with a single in his to the lineup Tuesday.

Youkilis sat out Sunday's game after his back stiffened up, but he was ready to go Tuesday. The 34-year-old is hitting just .240 with two homers and a .686 OPS in 26 games this season.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 20 '79

Kevin Youkilis is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

It's not clear if it's just a day off or if his back is bothering him again. Youkilis is batting just .239/.314/.380 with two homers over 25 games for the Yankees this season. Jayson Nix is getting the start at third base Sunday.

Kevin Youkilis 3B NYY Mar 14 '79

Kevin Youkilis is not in Monday's lineup against the Indians.

David Adams is making the start at third base against right-hander Justin Masterson. Youkilis is 1-for-9 with an RBI and a walk since returning from the disabled list.