It seems each day there is a new MLB rumor swirling about how much time the New York Yankees will be without Alex Rodriguez. One thing is for certain: someone on the Yankees lineup will have to step up this summer as they will be without A-Rod until at least the All-Star break.
The good news is, of course, the fact that he hip that has been ailing him so much in the past few seasons will be fixed.
Until then, the Yankees will lean on their pitching staff anchored by C.C. Sabathia as they will have to be stingy with both A-Rod and Derek Jeter missing an unknown amount of time. The load is not all on the staff, as the replacements on the left side of the infield will also have to step up throughout the summer.
First and foremost is Kevin Youkilis, who won a world series with the arch-rival Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, and will now be asked to duplicate that production and not waste away like he did in Boston before getting dealt last summer. Youkilis is as solid as they get defensively so that is not a worry, but his offense has decreased with age.
The Yankees offense ranked second in runs last season, but Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Ichiro Suzuki will be asked to produce at an ever higher clip. While I don’t expect the Yankees to lead the league in home runs like the 245 they blasted last season I still think they can do more than tread water without A-Rod and Jeter for a period of time.