Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis has recently been diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain and tendinitis in his left Achilles. He returned to Fort Myers, Florida to join the Sox in spring training to begin the healing process, and is not likely to make a return to the World Baseball Classic.
Youkilis has been a major contributor for the United States team. In their last game against Puerto Rico he had a homerun and two RBI’s. “There’s a good possibility that Youkilis may be off the roster,” said team U.S.A. manager Davey Johnson. “He played with kind of a sprained ankle the other night. I have a bad feeling.”
Hopefully the U.S. can find a way to carry on with out Youkilis. They will be playing Venezuela on Wednesday night, which will be a game to decide seeding for the final rounds.
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Defending WBC champion Team Japan recently won over Cuba 5-0 to join Team U.S.A, Venezuela, and Korea for the final rounds held at Dodger Stadium this weekend. Korea and Japan still have one second round game left to determine the seeding for the finals. The first semifinal game will start at 6 p.m. Saturday night, which will show Venezuela take on the runner-up from pool one (Japan or Korea). The U.S. will make their WBC semifinal debut against the pool 1 winner the following day at 5 p.m.
The two winners of these games will square off at 9 p.m. Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Team U.S.A. seems very positive after their thrilling win over Puerto Rico. “After last night, I mean, anything was going to be a letdown,” said utility player Mark DeRosa. “That was one of the great moments in a lot of guys’ careers, and it was a special moment rushing out on the field with all your teammates and advancing.”
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Alex Rodriguez has recently confirmed that he has a hip injury and may be out for up to 10 weeks. He was set to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but is now leaving them to see hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Colorado. Fellow coaches and players say Rodriguez has been bothered by the injury throughout spring training. He had an MRI last Saturday that showed a form of a cyst in his right hip.
The Yankees wish for A-Rod to sit out the Classic and rest, but they believe he might reject their requests knowing his desire to play for his country. This injury is one of the few obstacles he has had to deal with this off-season. Earlier this year he was tested positive for steroids in 2003. A-Rod will look to relax for the next few weeks with the hopes of making it to the later rounds of the WBC.
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