New York Yankees Third Baseman Kevin Youkilis Back On The DL

By Adam Fischer
Kim Klement – USA Today Sports

New York Yankees third baseman, Kevin Youkilis, is back on the disabled list with a lumbar strain.

This is the second time Youkilis has been placed on the 15-day DL because of a sore back. He played all 18 innings against the Oakland Athletics and woke up the next day with tingling in his toes. He said it felt like he was falling asleep on his feet, but just couldn’t shake off the numbness. He is scheduled to see a doctor on Monday.

His bat won’t be deeply missed as he is only hitting .219 with eight RBIs and two home runs. He went 0-for-7 with one walk and three strikeouts, while leaving six on base in the 18-inning game against the A’s.

In response to putting Youkilis on the DL, the Yanks called up outfielder Thomas Neal and right-handed pitcher Chris Bootcheck, while sending right-handed long reliever Adam Warren down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Warren pitched six scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks and striking out four in the 18-inning marathon.

He wouldn’t be eligible to pitch in the next few games because of his long outing, so the Yanks needed to call up an arm that could help them now. Warren probably won’t be in Triple-A for too long. Bootcheck previously pitched for the Los Angeles Angels in 2003 and from 2005-2009. He has a career ERA of 6.55 with a 3-7 record.

Neal played nine games for the Cleveland Indians last year, getting five hits in 23 at bats, scoring two runs and driving in two.

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