Kevin Youkilis missed Sunday's game at Toronto due to lower
back stiffness and was in the original lineup against the Rays at first base.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB,
Kevin Youkilis scratched from the Yankees' lineup. Lyle Overbay is in tonight at 1B.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 22, 2013
Kevin Youkilis was brought during the offseason to replace
injured Alex Rodriguez and has had time at first base due to Mark Texeria’s
injury. Michael Pineda, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, and
Mark Texiera are among the Yankees that are on the DL. Kevin Youkilis had been
previously removed from the lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays due to
tightness in his back.
Youkilis this season has a .295 average with two HR and nine
RBI. The New York Yankees will be losing a reliable bat in the middle of the
line-up. With an already depleted roster, the Yankees cannot afford to lose
Youkilis who has been valuable to the Yankees offense. Lyle Overbay will
replace Youkilis at first, and Jason Nix will play third base.