The Yankees finally got some good news regarding two of their MANY key players on the disabled list. Brian Cashman reported last night that third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Mark Teixeira will be joining the team Friday night when they begin a series with the Boston Red Sox.
This news couldn’t have come at a better time for the Yankees. They have held it together early on with the emergence of role players and after thoughts such as Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner. The Yankees have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball as they currently sit at 30-22 on the year. That is a very impressive feat, but lately things haven’t gone as smoothly. They are in the midst of a four game losing streak and the offense has shown very little signs of life.
Kevin Youkilis will help fill a void at third base and provide depth into this line up with his right-handed bat. Youkilis was off to a solid start before injuries began to nag him. His numbers have slipped in the previous few seasons, we’ll see if he is able to return to his old self or continue to falter.
Mark Teixeira is more of an interesting case. Unlike Youkilis, Teixeira’s replacement Lyle Overbay, has done more than a formidable job in his absence. Teixeira is undoubtedly a better play than Overbay is, but Teixiera has become notorious for his slow starts which is something the Yankees cannot afford out of him. Ultimately he will provide production that Overbay would not be able to sustain over the course of a full season and adds more power to the middle of the line up to go along with Robinson Cano.
It is remarkable that the Yankees are in the position they are, considering the team they have been putting out there this season. If the Yankees are able to win another division title or return to the playoffs, we will have to look back and credit the unlikely heroes that kept this team together early on.