Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/4/14
New York Yankees corner infielder Kevin Youkilis was out of the team’s lineup for yesterday’s weekend finale against the Seattle Mariners due to lower-back stiffness, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The discomfort in Youkilis’ back began the night before when he slid into first base during a defensive play. After fielding a ground ball off the bat of Raul Ibanez, Youkilis dropped into a feet-first slide to beat the fellow veteran to the bag. After he did, it was apparent something was not right. "I go as hard as I can and the results happen after," Youkilis said. "I think now I'll just maybe dive headfirst more. That was talked about, just dive headfirst and make it look extra special, I guess. That play probably doesn't happen that much anyway." Manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he’s hoping that being held out of the lineup on Sunday and Monday’s off-day Youkilis will be able to return to the Yankees’ lineup for their series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. In his first year with the Yankees, Youkilis has maintained a batting line of .239/.314/.380 with seven doubles and two home runs over 102 plate appearances. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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