Kevin Youkilis Undergoes Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital

Kevin Youkilis underwent back surgery in late June, repairing a herniated disc at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the surgery, said it was a success and Youkilis’ quick return to baseball depends largely on his body’s reaction to the set rehabilitation program.

Kevin Youkilis underwent back surgery in late June, repairing a herniated disc at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the surgery, said it was a success and Youkilis’ quick return to baseball depends largely on his body’s reaction to the set rehabilitation program.

Youkilis, who plays both 1st and 3rd base for the New York Yankees, is a key piece of the infield. After suffering from back problems throughout the 2012-13 season, Youkilis took a few games off only to return with even more pain. The Yankees quickly sent him to Dr. Robert Watkins, who has performed back surgeries on both Jason Pierre-Paul and Dwight Howard as well as countless other athletes. Watkins diagnosed Youkilis with a herniated disc and recommended a microdisectomy to remedy the issue.

“It’s not how you draw it up, there’s no doubt about that,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “Kevin is a hell of a player when healthy. He just hasn’t been in position to show what he’s capable of in-season because of the back. He looked great in the spring and we had high hopes. He obviously did so much for Boston over the years. He’s the type of player that, if you could draw it up, that’s the type of player you’d want.”

Since the typically recovery time is between 8-12 weeks, the Yankees hope to see Youkilis back in the lineup sometime in September, but are still patiently awaiting a complete healing of all issues before taking him off the DL.