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Things really couldn't have gone much worse for the New York Yankees this spring. In fact, their misfortunes started long before the spring even began.
First came the news in early December that third baseman Alex Rodriguez would need hip surgery (h/t ESPN New York)—again. The surgery will keep A-Rod out of the lineup until at least the All-Star break, if not longer.
The Yankees decided to replace Rodriguez with Kevin Youkilis, signing the latter to a one-year, $12 million contract. The Yankees will now be paying a total of $40 million to have third base covered for the 2013 season.
After the surgery came the ugly PED mess involving Rodriguez. The story, broken by the Miami New Times, named many different players and took off from there. It's anyone's guess as to how that story will continue to unfold.
Then spring training finally started, and center fielder Curtis Granderson—during his first at-bat of the spring—promptly got plunked by a wayward pitch from J.A. Happ. The errant delivery broke Granderson's forearm, putting him out of action for up to two months.
Not long after that, just hours before Team USA's first exhibition game with the Chicago White Sox in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hurt his wrist taking swings in the cage. Teixeira pulled out of the WBC and will be out for at least the first month of the season.
Now, depending on who you read or believe, Teixeira's wrist could be worse than expected, which could keep him out of action even longer.
But wait—the hits keep coming.
Derek Jeter, rehabbing from the fractured left ankle that he suffered in last year's ALCS, suffered a setback and will be put on the disabled list to start the season.
It could be that Jeter simply ran out of time and didn't give his ankle enough time to heal. It's a blow nonetheless, especially considering all of the above events.
Now the Yankees have added Vernon Wells, forking over another $14 million to replace Granderson in an attempt to add some veteran pop to their lineup.
It's been a painful and expensive winter and early spring for the Yankees.