New York Yankees: Kevin Youkilis

Betances returns to bigs; Youkilis hopeful

August, 11, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees promoted right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances from Triple-A on Sunday morning, and demoted infielder David Adams.

Phil Hughes, the Yankees' starting pitcher on Saturday, lasted just 4 1/3 innings. Andy Pettitte, the scheduled starter on Sunday, last just 2 2/3 innings in his last outing.

"We just need pitching," manager Joe Girardi said, prior to Sunday's game. "Our bullpen’s been used a lot."

Betances, 25, made two appearances for the Yankees back in September 2011. But he went 6-9 with a 6.44 ERA with Double-A Trenton and Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2012, with 99 walks in 131 1/3 innings.

The Yankees converted him from starter to reliever early this season, and the results have been impressive. In 27 relief appearances at Triple-A, Betances is 4-2 with a 1.48 ERA. In 48 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, he has 63 strikeouts and 21 walks.

In his last 17 outings for the RailRiders, dating back to June 19, Betances hasn't given up an earned run in 30 innings, with 41 K's.

Betances said he thinks pitching more often, as opposed to every five days, has helped him be more consistent. "I just feel like, confidence-wise, I feel good," he said.

It's a homecoming for the New York City native, an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds.

If he keeps pitching the way he has, he could be a big factor in the Yankees' stretch run.

YOUK'S HERE: Kevin Youkilis was in the clubhouse Sunday morning and spoke with reporters.

Youkilis, who had back surgery seven and a half weeks ago, is still holding out hope that he can return to the Yankees sometime in September.

"Dr. Watkins said the quickest somebody ever came back from this is 12 weeks," Youkilis said. "I hope to be one of the quickest guys."

Youkilis, who is rehabbing in New York, has not yet been cleared to do any baseball activities.

Yanks have gone ice-cold on offense

June, 3, 2013
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The only thing uglier than the weather Sunday night was the Yankees’ offense.

Yes, they were facing Clay Buchholz -- 7-0 with an AL-best 1.73 ERA entering the game. And yes, they only had five innings to work with before the game was called due to torrential downpours. But the Yanks mustered just two hits in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Ichiro Suzuki hit an infield single in the second inning, and Austin Romine hit a ground ball that found the hole between the first and second basemen in the third. That was all the production the Bronx Bombers mustered off Buchholz.

"It just looked like his location was outstanding, with all his pitches," manager Joe Girardi said.

"He was sharp," said Travis Hafner. "He was not just throwing four pitches for strikes, but he was putting 'em on the corner."

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AP Photo/Kathy WillensThe Yanks continued to slump in Sunday's 3-0 loss.
The Yankees (31-25) are still six games over .500. But they've now lost seven of their last eight games, and their offensive numbers of late are rather alarming.

The Yanks have scored just 12 runs combined in those eight games. They have been held to four runs or less in nine consecutive games now -- their longest such stretch since 2005.

They are now 11th out of 15 teams in the American League in runs scored on the season (223) and 12th in team batting average (.246). And they have gone 20 consecutive innings without an extra-base hit.

Some of the early-season surprises are coming back to earth. Hafner is now 1-for-17 in the past eight days, while Vernon Wells is 3-for-26.

Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira is 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts since coming off the disabled list on Friday -- including striking out in both of his plate appearances Sunday. And Kevin Youkilis is 1-for-9 since coming off the DL on Friday.

Girardi did not push the panic button after the game.

"It’s just kind of a team-wide thing that we’re going through," the manager said. "We ran into a pretty good pitcher tonight, that’s the bottom line. He threw the ball well, very well, against us. We’re not the first team he’s done that against this year, he’s pitched extremely well. Hopefully tomorrow’s a new day, we come out swinging."

"I think that’s part of baseball," Hafner said. "You’ll have ups and downs throughout the year. But there’s just too much talent here, and it’s only a matter of time before things get rolling again."

The Yankees have now fallen into third place, and the next wave of reinforcements -- Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez -- are a ways away.

This is the group that has to carry the Yankees for the next several weeks offensively. The question is, can they?

Pregame notes: Pettitte ready to return

June, 2, 2013
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Andy Pettitte spoke with reporters prior to Sunday night's game against the Red Sox, and declared himself ready for Monday night's game against the Indians.

"I feel good," Pettitte said. "Ready to go. Excited to get back out there."

The 40-year-old has not pitched since May 16 because of a strained trapezius muscle, which is located in the neck. He went on the 15-day disabled list, but will be activated prior to Monday's game. He is 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA in eight starts thus far this season.

When he first went on the DL, Pettitte talked about possibly cutting back his workload in between starts, from two bullpen sessions to one. He hasn't made a final decision on that.

"I’m not a power guy, I’m kind of touch and feel," Pettitte said. "I just feel like [two bullpens] really helps me. But we’ll see. I’m not really sure."

"He’s talked about backing off maybe a little bit in between starts, but it’s hard when you’re a creature of habit," said manager Joe Girardi. "And when you’ve had as much success as he’s had over time, it’s hard to change what you do.

"But I think it’s important that he does maybe a little bit. He’s a real worker in between starts, and it’s not just the day after or the second day, it’s every day. And I think he has to be a little bit careful."

STEWART OK: Catcher Chris Stewart is back in the lineup Sunday, after having to leave Saturday's game early due to dehydration. If all goes well during batting practice, he will start.

"He said he feels pretty good, but I want him to go through BP to make sure that he’s OK," Girardi said.

7:52 p.m. update: Stewart experienced similar symptoms during batting practice, and has been scratched from the lineup -- he's headed to New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation. Austin Romine will catch and bat ninth.

YOUK AT THIRD: Kevin Youkilis, activated from the disabled list on Friday, will play the field for the first time since coming off the DL on Sunday.

"When a guy declares himself healthy you trust that they’re healthy," Girardi said. "He went through a lot of rehab. I don’t expect there to be any problems."

ADAMS OUT? The Yankees will have to make a roster move Monday in order to activate Pettitte. With Youkilis back and able to play third base, there's a possibility rookie David Adams could be sent back to Triple-A.

The 26-year-old has hit .259 with two homers and five RBIs in 16 games, and has not made an error in 15 starts at third base.

"I think he’s done a pretty good job for us," Girardi said. "Third base is not his natural position, and he’s played a pretty good third base, and he’s had some good days with the bat for us. He had a little struggle, but he came out of it last night, which I think is always good to see."

Adams had been on an 0-for-14 streak at the plate, but went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 11-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Youk, Tex in; Nuno, Nova out

May, 31, 2013
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The struggling New York Yankees activated Mark Texieira and Kevin Youkilis on Friday for their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.

Teixeira was in the lineup for the first time this season after tearing the ECU sheath in his right wrist during spring training.

“I’m happy with how things went,” said Teixeira, who originally hoped to return around May 1. “It was a little slower than I would have liked. As I’ve told you guys a few times, I would have been back the day after I got hurt if they would have let me try.”

Youkilis has played in just one game since April 20 because of his lumbar sprain.

Overall, Youkilis entered Friday, having played in just 17 of the Yankees' first 53 games. He has hit .266 with two homers and seven RBIs.

Teixeira will bat cleanup and start at first, while Youkilis will be in the second slot and at DH.

David Adams, who played well in Youkilis’ absence, will remain at third on Friday.

The Yankees sent Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Scranton. Nova and Nuno will now compete at Triple-A to be ready when the Yankees need another starter at the big league level. Nuno threw six innings of two-run ball against the Mets on Thursday. In his first 20 innings in the big leagues, he has a 2.25 ERA.

Read more here.

Cash: Tex, Youk expected on Friday

May, 30, 2013
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Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will return to the lineup Friday against the first-place Red Sox, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday night.

"As long as they wake up and feel good, they'll be here and be ready to go," Cashman told Ian O'Connor of ESPNNewYork.com.

Teixeira has not played all season because of his torn sheath in his right wrist. Youkilis has been out more than a month because of a sprained back.

Lyle Overbay is expected to remain with the team, so David Adams could be returned to Triple-A Scranton. Joining him in Scranton may be Vidal Nuno. Though Nuno has pitched extremely well -- a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings -- the Yankees could keep him stretched out as a starter so that he'll be ready when the next opening occurs in the big leagues.

First Pitch: Who should go?

May, 30, 2013
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Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are expected back with the Yankees on Friday.

Given that the Yankees, who have lost four straight, can’t score many runs right now, that’s a good thing.

Andy Pettitte is supposed to join them sometime next week.

That said, who do you think should go to make room for the veteran trio?

Of note: Manager Joe Girardi said he wants to carry 12 pitchers. The Yankees are currently carrying 13, which means two hurlers have to be subtracted to meet that number.

Here are the likely candidates:

Vidal Nuno: Nuno, a 25-year-old left-hander, gets the start on Thursday night against the Mets. He is 1-1 with 1.93 ERA in four games (two starts). With Pettitte returning to the rotation, Nuno is the obvious candidate to be pulled out.

Preston Claborne: Claborne, a 25-year-old right-hander, retired all five batters he faced in place of an ineffective David Phelps Wednesday night. Claborne has allowed just one run over 14 2/3 innings since his promotion from the minors, which equates to a 0.61 ERA. It would be tough to send him down, but with Joba Chamberlain back, he may have to go.

Ivan Nova: Nova, 26, was impressive in relief of Phelps, allowing just one run and striking out six over five effective innings. His season ERA is down to 5.16. It was a great step toward eventually returning to the rotation. But would Nova be better-served starting every five days in Triple-A?

Reid Brignac: Brignac is hitting just .071 since being acquired by the Yankees. His versatility on defense is nice, but that’s about it.

David Adams: Adams, 26, has played quite well since being called up, hitting .265. He can’t play shortstop but can man third, second and first base if necessary. Doesn’t look like he’s going to stick around with a glut of corner infielders already on the roster.

Again, what moves do you think the Yankees should make? Let us know in the comments section below.

UP NOW: Wallace Matthews writes that Teixeira and Youkilis coming back is nice, but their returns won’t fix all the Yankees’ problems. I did a blog which mainly focuses on Phelps’ poor outing. And Kieran Darcy has the latest on the surging Metropolitans.

ON DECK: Andrew Marchand, Adam Rubin and Ian O’Connor have you covered for ESPNNewYork.com as the 2013 version of the Subway Series comes to a close Thursday night in the Bronx. It’ll be Nuno (1-1, 1.93 ERA) for the Yankees going against Mets righty Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Cashman likes what he sees in Trenton

May, 29, 2013
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Brian Cashman, Mark Teixeira and Kevin YoukilisAP Photo/Mel EvansBrian Cashman didn't get much of a show from Kevin Youkilis or Mark Teixeira on Wednesday, but he got a kick out of some of the Yankees' prospects.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis didn’t provide much exciting fodder for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in their rehab start with Trenton on Wednesday -- although things did get interesting for a moment when Youkilis was taking a practice swing in the box and the Thunder's golden retriever mascot emerged in a flash to fetch the bat discarded by the preceding hitter.

While Teixeira and Youkilis were going a combined 0-for-4 with two walks, several Trenton prospects were making a more positive impression on Cashman.

Center fielder Slade Heathcott hit an opposite-field home run off Erie’s Patrick Cooper in the fourth inning, and right fielder Tyler Austin launched a two-run homer in the sixth for the deciding runs in Trenton’s 3-1 victory over the Seawolves. Catcher J.R. Murphy also had a nice moment when he made an impressive throw to cut down Hernan Perez on an attempted steal of second base.

ESPN's Keith Law ranked Austin 52nd on his top 100 prospects list this spring and slotted in Heathcott behind him at No. 57. Austin is hitting .266 this season, while Heathcott has recovered from a slow start to raise his batting average to .231.

"Obviously this is a new level for them both," Cashman said. "They’re relatively young, and the weather hasn’t cooperated for anybody here in the northeast out of the gate. Now it’s the first real beautiful day here, and to see those guys turning up the heat when the heat turns up, it’s great.

"It’s nice to be able to tell people, 'These guys are going to play in New York.' It's nice to have that dialogue with our fans and point out different players and say, 'Hey, hey, keep an eye on this guy -- he’s going to be special.' It’s fun to do that."

Tex, Youk Trenton-bound

May, 28, 2013
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Both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will be in the lineup of the Double-A Trenton Thunder for Wednesday morning's game -- that's right, 10:35 a.m. ET -- against the Erie SeaWolves, and both could be reactivated for the Yankees' home series this weekend against the Boston Red Sox.

Teixeira has been on the 60-day disabled since the beginning of the season due to a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, and Youkilis has been out of action since April 28 with a lower back sprain.

Manager Joe Girardi said each player took five at-bats in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Tampa, and each would play two games (on Wednesday and Thursday) for Trenton before the Yankees make a decision about whether to activate one or both for Friday's game at Yankee Stadium.

Teixeira's trip to Trenton had been planned from last week, but Girardi said the decision to send Youkilis, too, was made Monday night. Both Girardi and Teixeira have said that two rehab games should be enough to prepare the first baseman to return to the big club -- Tex played in simulated games last week and in an extended spring game on Saturday -- and now the manager says two games may be enough for Youkilis, too.

"I've said all along it depends on how they feel, physically and mentally, when you decide to activate them," Girardi said.

The imminent return of the Yankees' two regular corner infielders also means the imminent departure of one of the players who have filled in so well for them in their absence, Lyle Overbay and rookie David Adams. Overbay, who has played a solid first base, is hitting .251 but has eight home runs, third-highest on the team, and 28 RBIs, second only to Robinson Cano's 34. Adams is hitting .295 with two homers and five RBIs since being called up from Triple-A Scranton.

The Yankees could keep Overbay as Teixeira's backup and send Adams back down, or they could keep Adams as their everyday third baseman and use Youkilis to back up at both first and third, which would mean parting ways with Overbay. Girardi said no decision on the necessary personnel shift had been made, but "we go through those discussions every once in a while. I’ve also said you worry about it when it’s the time. So until we get to that day, we won’t say anything, but there’s ideas, obviously. But things can change real quick around here."
BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi said he has yet to figure out how he will rotate his four outfielders in three spots. The decision seems relatively easy: Play the least productive one, Ichiro Suzuki, less.

Girardi is not going to make any such declarations, but he does have Ichiro on the bench on Tuesday with Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson from left to right in the outfield.

Ichiro, who did have a big double in the 10th and scored the winning run Monday, has an OPS of .613. Wells is at .858, while Gardner is .717. Granderson, who has only played in five games, is at .461.

"I haven't exactly figured out what it is going to be every day," Girardi said. "It could change so quickly. They understand. This is not their first rodeo. They understand there are four guys who are used to playing a lot. But I'll try to sit down and get a little bit better handle on how things are going. That is always subject to change."

* INJURY REPORT: All the information is courtesy of Girardi.

Mark Teixeira (wrist) hit in a simulated game for the second consecutive day. Teixeira had four more at-bats and did not suffer any setbacks. ... Kevin Youkilis (back) had three-at-bats. ... Alex Rodriguez (hip) took batting practice. ... Eduardo Nunez (oblique) did tee and toss.

Derek Jeter (ankle) is still not doing anything physically, but Girardi said that there is no setback. .... Ivan Nova (tricep), after throwing on Monday, felt good. .... Michael Pineda (shoulder) will have another rehab start either Thursday or Friday. ... Joba Chamberlain (oblique) will pitch in a rehab game in Tampa on Wednesday. He will have two turns on the mound before he returns, so he won't be back in the Yankees' bullpen until next week, at the earliest. ... Andy Pettitte (trapezius) has not thrown yet, but should soon. .... Chris Stewart (groin) will be back sometime against the Rays in Tampa this weekend. Stewart can play, if needed. Jayson Nix is the emergency catcher.

Injury Report: Hafner happy with BP session

May, 16, 2013
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi provided updates on the team's injured stars before Thursday's game against Seattle. Here's the latest on the injured contingent.

• Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner's batting practice session Thursday went well and Hafner's hoping he will be back soon. Hafner (shoulder) has missed the team's last three games and is not sure if he can be used as a pinch hitter Thursday. The veteran also did soft toss in the cage prior to the game.

"Everything went really well," Hafner said. "Didn't have any of the issues I had before. I'm really happy with how it went."

With Hafner out, the Yankees have been able to use four of their outfielders regularly in the lineup. When he returns, the Yankees will have to determine who will sit among Curtis Granderson, Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki on the days when Hafner serves as the designated hitter.

• Starter Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings (up to approximately 50 pitches) Friday. Girardi is not sure whether Pineda will be tossing in an extended spring training game or an intra-squad game. The manager reiterated that he expects to have Pineda in pinstripes this year.

"Sometime in the summer we expect him," Girardi said.

Girardi said a key aspect of Pineda's rehab is getting the starter's arm built up to throw 100 pitches. Pineda has not pitched a game in the major leagues the past two seasons after the Yankees acquired him from Seattle in 2012.

“We’ll continue to build him up," Girardi said. "Starters, as you know, take a lot longer than relievers because you have to get them to 100 pitches. For a kid that hasn’t pitched in a couple of years, that’s something you may want to see a couple of times to make sure he’s ready to go every fifth day.”

• Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) did some work in soft toss and off the tee and "felt pretty good the other day doing that," according to Girardi. The manager reiterated the team is expecting him after the All-Star break.

• Shortstop Derek Jeter (ankle) was re-evaluated earlier this week and the reports were positive. Jeter, like Rodriguez, is scheduled to return after the All-Star break.

“It’s healing. They see the bone is going back together. They say it’s healing," Girardi said. "I think he’ll be out of the boot sometime shortly and then he’ll go from there. It was good news what we got. It is healing.”

• Third baseman Kevin Youkilis (back) has done some work off the tee and soft-toss hitting. Girardi said he believed Youkilis was scheduled to have Thursday off and receive treatment.

"He feels better," Girardi said. "They're talking about (batting practice) soon for him."

• Starter Ivan Nova (triceps) is slated to throw in Tampa on Monday. Nova was placed on the disabled list on April 27. Nova is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA and has struggled this season.

Youk out, but for how long?

April, 29, 2013
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As expected, Kevin Youkilis is not in the Yankees lineup tonight, having undergone an MRI on his troublesome lower back earlier in the day. But as of the time the clubhouse was cleared of media before the game, the Yankees still had not received the results of the test and, according to Joe Girardi, were waiting for the doctor to arrive at Yankee Stadium before giving any estimate of how long Youkilis will be out.

Including tonight's game with the Astros, Youkilis has missed seven of the past eight games after leaving a game with the Blue Jays after five innings on April 20. But Girardi said the Yankees did not regret not placing Youkils on the disabled list last week, which would have made him eligible to come off in another week if his back responds to treatment. Youkilis played on Saturday but suffered a recurrence of the stiffness and soreness that drove him out of last Saturday's game, which means the Yankees now can only backdate his DL stint to April 27, ensuring he would be out until at least May 11.

"The player told us he was ready to go and we put him in," Girardi said of using Youkilis on Saturday. "How did it happen, I can't tell you how he re-injured it. Could it have just been from normal use or a play, that could happen anytime. I have no second thoughts."

All along, Youkilis has told the media that he was OK, and made it seem that the Yankees were being overly cautious with an injury he could play through. But today he acknowledged, "Sometimes OK is not really that great. You got to suck it up sometimes. You gotta play through things. I thought I could play through it. I just didn’t feel right after that, so I didn’t play the next day."

Youkilis is hitting .266 with two home runs and 17 RBI, having played in 17 of the Yankees 24 games so far.

Kevin Youkilis going for MRI

April, 28, 2013
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With Kevin Youkilis' back stiff again, Joe Girardi didn't include the veteran infielder in the lineup Sunday. On Monday, Youkilis will undergo an MRI to check the seriousness of his injury. He hasn't undergone any tests to this point.

Girardi tried to cure Youkilis' back problems by not playing him for a week. On Saturday, Youkilis returned, going 0-for-3 against Toronto and saying his back felt fine. On Sunday, Youkilis woke up and his back was tight again, according to Girardi.

"It is a little concerning for me," Girardi said. "I've said that all backs can be tricky. I'm a guy who has had to deal with it for a number of years. Sometimes you have no idea why it acts up."

By playing Youkilis on Saturday, the Yankees lost the ability to retro-activate a possible DL stint to last Sunday. If Youkilis had sat out on Saturday, then the Yankees could put him on the DL and have him return by May 6. Now, if Youkilis were put on the DL, he would have to miss games until at least May 13.

"He is an important guy to our lineup because he kind of surrounds some of the left-handed hitters and he is a production guy and he is a home run guy," Girardi said. "He is important, so we have to get this right. We can't push it too fast. If there are days that he is a little stiff, we may have to back off a little bit and try again the next day."

Youkilis is hitting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games.

Youkilis was not in the clubhouse during media availability.

Pregame notes: Youk to the DL?

April, 26, 2013
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With his back still keeping him out of action, Kevin Youkilis could be headed to the disabled list, according to manager Joe Girardi. While Girardi said that Youkilis is improving, he also said that if Youkilis can't start against lefty J.A. Happ on Saturday, then the Yankees may put Youkilis on the DL.

Since Youkilis hasn't played since last Saturday, the Yankees can retroactive his stint on the DL, so he would only miss another week.

Youkilis continues to have tightness in his lower back, but the Yankees don't believe it is a serious injury, so they haven't sent him for an MRI.

"We haven't had anything done," Girardi said. "They don't think it is an issue where he needs a test. Let's keep our fingers crossed."

Still, Girardi said a decision could be made to put Youkilis on the DL on Saturday because the Yankees can only play with a 24-man roster for so long.

"He is better," Girardi said. "He is still not quite there. We'll shoot for [Saturday] and see what happens."

NO CONTRACT TALKS FOR CANO: Robinson Cano said he and the Yankees have not re-started contract talks yet.

SECOND PLACE NIX: Girardi pushed Nix up to second in the lineup because he is hitting the ball well of late. He has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats.

TEX, HITTING IN PLACE: Mark Teixeira (wrist) is doing well, but he is not yet ready to hit off a tee or take soft toss. He is still just taking dry swings.

"Once that happens, it will be pretty quick," Teixeira said.

Teixeria added that they have waited this long so they don't want to rush it now.

Youkilis still on the shelf

April, 25, 2013
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Joe Girardi thought Kevin Youkilis would be available for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays, but the infielder will not play.

"He tried to take some work in the cage, and he’s just not ready," the Yankees' manager said.

Youkilis, who's hitting .279 with two homers and seven RBIs on the season, will miss his fifth game in a row with lower back tightness.

"It’s just stiff. He’s not rotating the way he wants to rotate, which is kind of important for a hitter," Girardi said. "He’s just not ready to go."

Girardi said he's not aware of any plans for further medical tests, and is not considering placing Youkilis on the disabled list at this time. But his return date remains up in the air.

Youk losing ground

April, 24, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A bad week for Kevin Youkilis just got worse.

Not only has the Yankees third baseman been out of action since Saturday with persistent pain in his lower back, Youkilis today lost points off his batting average without taking a swing.

Major League Baseball today changed the scoring on Youkilis' two-run single in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. It will be recalled that Youkilis lined the ball past Jays 3B Brett Lawrie, who seemed to lose the ball either in the lights or the sea of white shirts in the stands behind home plate. Upon review, MLB changed the scoring from a hit to a dropped line drive error on Lawrie. In the process, Youkilis' batting average dropped to .279.

Ouch.

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