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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Cashman: Roberts out with bad back

By Andrew Marchand

NEW YORK -- The oft-injured Brian Roberts is hurt again. Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that Roberts is out with a back injury on Sunday.

Roberts had an MRI that the team said was negative. He will be reevaluated over the next few days.

Roberts, 36, has hit .129 in 11 of the Yankees' first 13 games. The Yankees signed Roberts to be their starting second baseman for the low-risk price of $2 million, hoping he could stay healthy.

Roberts hasn't played in at least half a season without getting hurt since 2009, when he played in 157 games. In 2013, with the Orioles, he appeared in 77 games, his most since '09.

Roberts was an AL All-Star in 2005 and 2007.

If Roberts is out for an extended period, the Yankees have Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna and Kelly Johnson, who can all play second. However, they are needed at first, third and at times short.

The Yankees have no infielders at Triple-A on the 40-man roster. This means if they wanted to call up an infielder, they would have to remove a player -- and possibly lose them -- from the 40-man roster.

The New York Post first reported Roberts' back injury.