Youkilis needs surgery; Teixeira back on DL

What was considered good news about Mark Teixeira wasn’t entirely good. The first baseman does not have a tear in the sheath of his right wrist, just inflammation. That is why everybody thought that was good news. But after getting a cortisone injection, Teixeira had to go back on the 15-day disabled list, which is not good news.

“We knew that we would be without Tex for at least a week,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We did not want to be short-handed for that long. I am confident that Tex will be able to come back full strength when the 15 days are up.”

The news on Kevin Youkilis was not good at all. He remained in southern California at the end of the Yankees’ West Coast swing and was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, the noted back specialist in Marina del Ray. Youkilis has a herniated disk that will require surgery. Dr. Watkins will perform the procedure Thursday. The recovery period will be 10 to 12 weeks.

So the player who was supposed to keep third base warm until Alex Rodriguez was able to return from hip surgery will now be lost for up to three months. Youkilis, who was batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBI in 105 at-bats, has been troubled by back issues in recent years. He had a strong spring training for the Yankees and got off to a hot start, but a lumbar sprain forced him onto the DL in late April for an entire month.

“We are going with what we have,” general manager Brian Cashman said about what the Yanks would do at third base with Youkilis out. Tuesday night’s lineup before the rainout had David Adams at the position. The Yankees will also use Jayson Nix, who has also been used quite a bit at shortstop because of the injuries to Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez.

To replace Youkilis on the 25-man roster, the Yankees called up outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple A Scranton. The switch hitter played all three outfield positions for Scranton where he hit .297 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games and 259 at-bats. The Yankees also recalled pitcher Adam Warren from Scranton and designated pitcher Chris Bootcheck for assignment.

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