*** YOUK Injured & I'm Mad As Hell ***
Yes, you read the title correctly...I'M MAD AS HELL. Pissed, in fact. Kevin Youkilis has returned to the Red Sox Ft. Myers complex and has been evaluated and MRI'd by the doctors there. It turns out that his left Achilles tendon has been killing him but Youk was determined to play in the WBC game against Puerto Rico on Tuesday, a game in which he smacked a tater and led team USA to victory. But the cost was too great and general managers from every MLB team should rethink subjecting their players to unnecessary injuries this early in the preseason by letting them play in the World Baseball Championship. It just doesn't make sense to me, and now Boston has lost two vital players, the entire right side of their infield. Sheer Bud Selig IDIOCY. Team USA manager Davey Johnson doesn't even know when Youk's injury occured. He said this...
“I don’t know exactly when,” Johnson said. “I just know his name started coming up on the treatment list.”
Davey Johnson, you're supposed to look out for things EXACTLY like this, you incompetent fool. He went on...
“He’s a huge part of this ballclub,” Johnson said. “He’s a cleanup hitter; he’s a gamer, but we don’t want to take any chances. Ankles can linger, and that’s something that needs to be addressed right away. He wasn’t moving very good at all Tuesday night. Going into the postgame press conference, he was in a lot of pain.”
This injury to the number two runner up of the AL MVP voting is one of two WBC related ailments for Boston and one of five overall...Youk, Pedey, Chipper Jones with an oblique pull, Ryan Braun, also with an oblique injury and Matt Lindstrom, who injured his shoulder. IT AIN'T WORTH IT! (expletive deleted, repeatedly). Youkilis is expected to miss 5-7 days with the Sox, though that seems overly optimistic. His MRI showed that he is suffering from tendinitis of the left Achilles, an aching injury that could linger and linger. He will be wearing a protective boot for the time being.
In closing, I want to say this. I hope that in the future, John Henry and company will prohibit any players from participating in the WBC games. From now on. Ever. You can click on the title of this post for more on this regrettable and preventable injury to our first baseman. As always, BE WELL. You too, Kevin. Heal.