The Yankees announced that their head athletic trainer will miss spring training and possibly the start of the 2010 season.

Gene Monahan, who has served as the Yankees’ athletic trainer since 1963 will miss his first spring training while he receives treatment for an undisclosed illness. His treatment will take place in the New York area.

Monahan has been the head trainer for 38 years. While he is out, his assistant, Steve Donohue, will take over. Donohue has been with the Yankees for 25 years.

We wish Monahan a speedy recovery from his illness!