BALTIMORE -- It's been 13 days since Kevin Youkilis' final game of the regular season, and the frustration in his voice is impossible to miss. Here's a middle-of-the-order hitter who's been sidelined -- and is now out for the season -- while his team has thrown itself into an inexplicable spiral.
Before Wednesday's game, in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Clay Buchholz, Youkilis was placed on the 60-day disabled list, making him ineligible to play for the rest of 2011.
The feeling isn't fun, Youkilis said on Wednesday, and it isn't one he wants to detail. It likely wouldn't be fit to print, anyway.
"I just don't think there's, or should I say, I don't really want to get into it," the third baseman said.
Bothered by bursitis in his left hip and a sports hernia, which requires offseason surgery, Youkilis finished with a .258 average, 17 home runs and 80 RBIs in 120 games. Good numbers, but below what Youkilis could do in a full season. He's missed a combined 102 games in the last two years.
Youkilis certainly fits the description of hard-nosed, and he said he wouldn't want to play unless he was able to perform as hard as he can.
"There's no answer. Sometimes in life you got to accept that," Youkilis said of reporters constantly asking how he is. "I'm not in the lineup, and I got nothing for you. We have nothing going."
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.