The Yankees have acquired utilityman Brent Lillibridge from the Cubs for cash considerations or a player to be named later, per the Cubs’ official Twitter. In 24 plate appearances, the 29-year-old Lillibridge was hitting — brace yourself — .042/.042/.042. In Iowa with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, where he spent most of his time, Lillibridge hit .281/.331/.425.
Having designated Reid Brignac for assignment, the Yankees were looking for another capable infielder. At this point in the season, teams are scraping the bottom of the barrel, which explains why the Yankees went after Lillibridge. Infielders Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Kevin Youkilis aren’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.
The last we heard on Alex Rodriguez, he was set to face live pitching for the first time since his January hip surgery. As he continues to ramp up baseball activities, his rehab is apparently going off without a hitch. In fact, he’s receiving rave reviews for his progress.
Here’s the skinny from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman:
Alex Rodriguez’s recent progress is said by people around the Yankees to have been dramatic, with one person calling it “fantastic” and another even speculating A-Rod could possibly begin to play rehab games just after the All-Star break.
There have been dire predictions about A-Rod’s future based on the circumstances of a player in his late 30s undergoing two major hip surgeries and all the rest of his history. But one Yankees person, hearing of his recent progress, marveled Wednesday about Rodriguez.
“He may beat everyone back,” the Yankees person said, meaning all the many other injured Yankees.
Of course, that’s assuming Rodriguez doesn’t receive a suspension for his alleged connection to Biogenesis first.
While many Yankees fans would like to see Rodriguez gone, he suddenly looks like a potential upgrade now that Kevin Youkilis is at risk of missing the rest of the season following back surgery. Entering play tonight, New York’s third baseman were tied for last in the AL in home runs and ranked 23rd in the majors in slugging percentage and 22nd in OPS.
The injury hits just keep on coming for the Yankees, who announced that Kevin Youkilis needs surgery to repair a herniated disc and will be out for 10-12 weeks.
That puts Youkilis’ season in jeopardy, because 10 weeks would get him into September and any setbacks would leave him running out of time. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and a .648 OPS in 28 games for the Yankees after signing a one-year, $12 million deal as a free agent.
Earlier today the Yankees placed Mark Teixeira back on the disabled list with more wrist problems and they already have Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, and Francisco Cervelli on the DL.