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Kevin Youkilis injury: Yankees infielder leaves game with back tightness

The veteran third baseman is the latest Yankee to go down with an injury.


New York Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis left the game on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays after experiencing tightness in his lower back. The Yankees, who have numerous key contributors on the disabled list, hope that his injury is not too serious.

The full extent of Youkilis' injury is not known yet, but the team had to remove the veteran from the game in the sixth inning. New York is expected to reevaluate his status on Sunday.

Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter are all currently on the disabled list for the Yankees, so a long-term loss of Youkilis would be particularly painful for the Yankees. The infielder is one of three Yankees to play in all 16 games for the team, along with Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner.

Youkilis has hit well for New York this season, hitting .293/.369/.466 in 65 plate appearances this season. Lyle Overbay replaced Youkilis in the lineup following his exit.

The veteran has played both first and third base for the Yankees this season. Overbay will likely fill in at first base if Youkilis is forced to miss an extended period of time, while Jayson Nix or Eduardo Nunez will fill in at third, with the other manning shortstop.


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