Injured Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who underwent surgery to repair a detached adductor muscle on Aug. 6, suggested that he is holding out hope that he might be able to return to the club in the playoffs should Boston still be playing in October. The first baseman said that there is not yet a detailed timetable for his recovery, and that he has not been told definitively by doctors that coming back for the playoffs would or would not be possible, but he is holding out hope.
"[The injury] stinks but it’s one of those things where it happens. You hope you don’t get hurt when you play baseball but it’s not a career-threatening injury, I don’t think. The doctors are pretty excited that I can come back and play," said Youkilis. "Hopefully, we don’t know the timetable, we have to see when the stitches come out and all that, hopefully I can play in the playoffs. ... I might not be able to play at all, but I’m going to try to give myself the best chance to play in the playoffs if we make it.”
Youkilis said that a plan for his recovery will be forged once the stiches are removed from the base of his right thumb on the hand, which he expects to happen 14 days after the surgery. (Youkilis is currently wearing a cast on his right hand.) Once that happens, he'll have his current cast replaced by a soft cast that will permit him some mobility of his fingers and hand.
While doctors have seen adductor muscles that have torn away from the bone in the hand before, Youkilis said that his case -- in which the thumb ligament remained intact -- had not been seen.
"I guess I'm special," he joked.
As difficult as it is for Youkilis (who was hitting .307 with a .411 OBP, .564 slugging mark and .975 OPS) to watch the Sox without being able to help, he still believes that the club is well positioned to make a run at the postseason.
"People keep coming up to me and saying, ‘These guys have no chance anymore.’ I tell them they’re wrong," said Youkilis. "We’ve got a great team here. The best part of this whole team is the fact that where we’re at, through this whole thing, is remarkable. It’s not an ideal thing to the fans out there that we’re five and a half games out, but to be five and a half games out with all that’s gone on ... [i]t’s a great thing to watch."
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