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Yankees promote five players as rosters expand

There were some new faces in the Yankees clubhouse Sunday plus some familiar faces that had been in the minors recently. On the day active rosters are allowed to expand from 25 to up to 40 players, the Yankees recalled pitchers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and infielder David Adams from Triple A Scranton.

Also brought up were pitcher Cesar Cabral, whose contract was purchased from Scranton, and catcher J.R. Murphy, who signed a major league contract and was selected off the Scranton roster. To create roster space for Cabral and Murphy, the Yankees transferred infielder Jayson Nix (fractured left hand) to the 60-day disabled list and released outfielder Melky Mesa. Pitcher Preston Claiborne is expected to join the team Monday when the Yankees open a three-game series against the White Sox.

About the added personnel, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, “Just contribute any way they can is the bottom line. It can be one hitter, it can be one at-bat; could play one inning. Any way you could help us out is all we’re asking you to do.”

That said, Girardi reiterated his dislike of the expanded-roster period and belief that each game managers should have to designate which 25 players are eligible to play that day. It is an idea worth pursuing by Major League Baseball which to this point it has not.

Butler’s homer a stinging reminder to Cano

It would figure that the day the competitors in the All-Star Home Run Derby were announced that the Royals would be in town to remind everyone of the situation last year in which Kansas City’s Billy Butler was not picked for the American League squad by captain Robinson Cano, who was the target of boos from the crowds at Kauffman Stadium both nights.

As if to punctuate the situation, Butler clubbed a home run in his first at-bat off the Yankees’ Phil Hughes in the second inning when the Royals took a 2-0 lead in a game interrupted by thunderstorms.

Say this for Butler. He took the high road and in every interview during All-Star week last year asked Royals fans to lay off Cano. The Yankees second baseman was tabbed for the assignment again this year but did not have the same problem for next week’s game at Citi Field because the Mets will be represented in the Home Run Derby. In fact, third baseman David Wright is captain of the National League team.

Joining Cano will be first baseman Chris Davis of the Orioles and Prince Fielder of the Tigers. There is one more spot open as Cano is waiting to hear back from his final choice. Davis leads the AL in homers with 33. Fielder is a two-time winner of the event, last year and in 2009 at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Cano won the competition in 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Wright’s picks as teammates are outfielders Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, both of the Rockies. There are no former winners in the group. Wright came the closest as the runner-up to Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard in 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The Yankees wasted no time in getting new first baseman Travis Ishikawa, plucked off waivers from the Orioles, into the mix. He was in the lineup batting sixth as he became the 43rd player used this season by the Yankees, who employed 45 all of last season. To make space on the 25-man roster for Ishikawa, the Yankees optioned infielder David Adams to Triple A Scranton.

HOPE Week: Rockaway Special Athletes

The Yankees kicked off HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) by celebrating Rockaway Special Athletes), the group’s founder, Joe Featherston, along with St. Camillus/St. Virgilius Parish (the group’s original home) and St. Rose of Lima School (which took the group in after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the St. Camillus gymnasium).

Yankees players Ivan Nova, Zoilo Almonte, Adam Warren, David Adams, Preston Claiborne and Alberto Gonzalez joined in one of their get-togethers at St. Rose of Lima School in Rockaway Beach, Queens. The Yankees and RSA participants played games such as kickball, Wiffle ball and basketball in the school gym. The participants and families visited Yankee Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Royals to watch batting practice from the field and take part in pre-game, on-field ceremonies.

In 1996, Featherston, then a physical education teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, was asked to prepare a group of Special Olympians for a track meet at St. John’s University. He accepted and used the opportunity to involve students from his high school in assisting with the once-a-week coaching sessions.

Featherston’s work with the Olympians made him realize that children with disabilities, along with their families, could derive great benefits from having a regular physical and social outlet. He contacted now-retired Father James Dunne of St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish (SCSVP) in Rockaway Park for parishioners who wanted to become involved in a weekly gathering for children with disabilities. That fall, the group held its first meeting with eight athletes and six volunteers, and Rockaway Special Athletes was born.

The group gets together weekly to provide recreational activities for children and adults with disabilities. Gatherings include family members of the participants, their friends and student volunteers, many from local high schools.

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last October, which left the church’s gymnasium inundated with water and in need of significant repair work, Featherston reached out to nearby St. Rose of Lima School, which had been mostly spared by the storm. The Rockaway Special Athletes and their families were thankful for the generosity of St. Rose of Lima and look forward to returning home in September, when reconstruction is completed at SCSVP.

Nova gets late reward for 1st complete game

It would have been an absolute shame if Ivan Nova did not get the victory Friday night, and yet the possibility was there before the Yankees rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning for one of the most satisfying triumphs of the season.

Nova was nothing short of magnificent. He gave up a two-run home run to Matt Wieters in the second inning (after hitting the previous batter, Chris Davis) and only two other hits all game. Nova went the full nine for his first complete game in the majors, but when he came into the dugout before the Yankees’ final at-bat he was staring at a 2-1 deficit. He tried to keep faith and recalled how Luis Cruz told him on the bench a couple of innings earlier that he was not losing this game.

Several other teammates came through for Nova to reward Cruz’s faith. David Adams started the inning against Orioles closer Jim Johnson with a well-struck single to right, which livened up a crowd of 43,396 at Yankee Stadium that had been silent much of the night as the Yankees squandered several opportunities.

Johnson opened the door even more for the Yankees when he mishandled a sacrifice attempt by Brett Gardner and did not get an out anywhere. Big error. Ichiro Suzuki bunted next, not a good one as Wieters grabbed it in front of the plate on the first hop. The catcher looked to third base, but Manny Machado had charged the bunt and was not in position to take a throw at the bag to get the lead runner. Wieters threw to first to get Ichiro, and the Orioles walked Robinson Cano intentionally to load the bases with none out.

Johnson then kicked the door wide open by walking Travis Hafner on four pitches to force home the tying run. Johnson fell behind 2-0 in the count to Vernon Wells, who took a strike and fouled off a pitch before sending everyone home with a ground single to left field. Hafner and Wells had come up short three innings earlier with a runner in scoring position when the Yanks needed a run to tie the score, so their at-bats in the ninth were wonderful atonements. The Yankees had come from behind for a walk-off victory against a division opponent that had swept them a week before in Baltimore and handed Johnson a league-high sixth blown save.

But the best thing about the inning is that it put a ‘W’ next to Nova’s name in the box score. Man, did he ever deserve it. Making a spot start for ailing Hiroki Kuroda, Nova held one of the American League’s fiercest lineups to three hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts over nine innings.

“We’ll probably start him again,” manager Joe Girardi said, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “His curve was really, really good, but he also had a good fastball down in the zone and his changeup was really effective. We played good defense behind him. It was a great team win.”

“A great night” Nova called it. “Everything was working for me.”

Everything but the score until the ninth inning.

Bottom of order plus Cano a nice combo

On the same night that Alex Rodriguez began his injury-rehabilitation assignment with a three-inning stint at Charleston, S.C., the Yankees finally ended a slump by their third basemen that had lasted for a week and a half. The weak hitting of Yankees third baseman of late amplified the season-long loss of A-Rod, who is recovering from off-season left hip surgery.

When David Adams singled to center field in the fifth inning, it stopped a hitless string of 32 at-bats by Yankees third baseman over the past 11 games. The hit helped fuel a three-run rally as the Yankees came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead on the way to a 7-3 victory over the Twins. Adams had gotten the previous hit for a Yankees third baseman, an infield single in the fourth inning June 21 against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

The way Samuel Deduno was pitching on his 30th birthday in the early innings it appeared that more than just third basemen for the Yankees might have a night of 0-fers. The Yanks went out in order in each of the first three innings with all nine outs coming on infield grounders. Robinson Cano continued his torrid trip with the Yankees’ first hit, a one-out single in the fourth following a walk to Ichiro Suzuki but the Bombers couldn’t capitalize on it.

The bottom of the fourth may have been the turning point of the game. Phil Hughes gave up a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe and a double to rookie Oswaldo Arcia. Second and third, none out, and Hughes went to work. The Yankees played the infield back, conceding a run if a Twins hitter made contact. Hughes had other ideas. He struck out Chris Parmelee on an inside fastball, punched out Aaron Hicks on three straight curves and retired Pedro Florimon on a weak ground ball to shortstop.

The Yankees rewarded Hughes with that three-run fifth. Adams’ single came one out after Lyle Overbay led off with an infield hit. Alberto Gonzalez, playing shortstop Tuesday night but also part of that long 0-fer by Yankees third sackers, doubled to right field to give Hughes the lead. After Gonzalez took third on a chop to the mound by Brett Gardner, Suzuki was credited with a single on a roller along the first-base line mishandled by Deduno for another run.

Just as they did Monday night, the Yankees pounded Minnesota’s bullpen for late-inning runs. Adams with a double and Gonzalez with a single combined for another run in the seventh off reliever Anthony Swarzak, who later gave up a single to Ichiro and a three-run homer to the red-hot Cano.

The All-Star second baseman seems to be warming up for the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star Game July 16 at Citi Field. On this trip alone, Cano has four homers in five games. The seventh-inning bomb was Cano’s 20th home run this season, the fifth straight year he has hit at least that many. The only American League second baseman with more 20-homer seasons was Hall of Famer Joe Gordon with seven. Gordon spent seven of his 11 seasons in the majors with the Yankees and was the AL Most Valuable Player with them in 1942.

Cano has 12-for-21 (.571) on the trip with five straight multi-hit games, eight runs and eight RBI. Since leaving New York after last Thursday’s game, Cano has raised his season batting average from .276 to .295. He is far and away the Yankees’ RBI leader with 54.

Hughes, who pitched well in his previous start that same Thursday against the Rangers but was victimized by Derek Holland’s two-hit shutout, ended a personal three-game losing streak. His assertiveness in the fourth inning was the centerpiece of his seven-inning outing in which he gave up one run, six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Cano’s home run loomed large when the Twins rallied for two runs in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Back when the score was 7-1 it did not look as if Mariano Rivera would even have to warm up, but he got himself ready and recorded the final out for his 27th save.

Down in Charleston, A-Rod grounded into a double play and was called out on strikes in his two at-bats. He will likely be sore today, but it is a beginning.

Sabathia goes from no-hitter to no-winner

Halfway through Friday night’s game at Camden Yards, it appeared that a couple of individual milestones for the Yankees would be reached – CC Sabathia’s 200th career victory as a pitcher and Joe Girardi’s 600th triumph as a manager. That neither was achieved was a bitter taste in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles that was particularly stinging.

Sabathia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead. By inning’s end, both were gone. Nate McLouth, who got the first hit off Sabathia, also got the last, a solo home run one inning later that completed Baltimore’s comeback. Some tentative defense played roles in the Yankees losing the lead.

After McLouth led off the sixth with a line single to right-center, Alexi Casilla hit a ground ball between the mound and first base. David Adams, normally a third baseman or second baseman, played first base for the first time Friday night and mistakenly left the bag unoccupied in going for the ball, so that Sabathia, who fielded it, had nobody to throw the ball to.

CC recovered briefly to get Nick Markakis on an infield pop, but Manny Machado whacked his 37th double of the season to right-center to make the score 3-2. Machado then alertly tagged up and crossed to third base on J.J. Hardy’s flyout to center fielder Brett Gardner, who did not play the ball as if he thought Machado would try to advance. It was a key maneuver because Machado was able to score the tying run on another no-man’s-land, infield single by Adam Jones.

Sabathia came back for the seventh inning and got the first two outs before handing a breaking ball to McLouth, who hit a high fly over the right field scoreboard for his fifth home run. CC was so upset that he threw his glove against the dugout wall and whipped off his cap after the inning. He expressed the Yankees’ current situation as they dropped 5 ½ games behind the first-place Red Sox in the American League East and two games behind the second-place Orioles.

The Yankees had roughed up lefthander T.J. McFarland for three runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of the rookie’s first major-league start. They had 10 at-bats (and three hits) with runners in scoring position over the first three innings but did not have another such at-bat the rest of the game as righthanders Kevin Gausman (1-3) and Tommy Hunter (two saves) combined to shut down the Yankees on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

One night after being shut out on merely two hits by the Rangers, the Yankees collected 11 hits from eight different players but only one, a double by Gardner, was for extra bases. One player who failed to get a hit was Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-4) as his 21-game hitting streak at Camden Yards dating to April 5, 2008 came to an end.

Robinson Cano continued his career success at Camden Yards with three singles and an RBI. The second baseman improved his career numbers at Baltimore to .361 with 60 runs, 27 doubles, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 70 games and 291 at-bats. In 43 games at Camden Yards since Aug. 22, 2008, Cano has batted .422 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 43 games and 180 at-bats. He has hit safely in 31 of his past 35 games in Baltimore and in 38 of his last 43.

Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his next injury-rehabilitation start Sunday for Double A Trenton at Binghamton. In three minor-league starts, two with Class A Tampa and one with Trenton, the righthander has allowed three runs (one earned), nine hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Pineda also pitched in an inter-squad game against Yankees players June 21 and gave up no runs, three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Infielder Eduardo Nunez, who is on the 60-day disabled list because of a left oblique strain, began a rehab assignment with Tampa Thursday night. He was 0-for-2 and played four innings in the field at shortstop.

Ichiro steals spotlight from Japanese pitchers

The all-Japanese pairing of the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish turned into a standoff Tuesday night. The game was decided by another Japanese player in the bottom of the ninth inning as Ichiro Suzuki hit a walk-off home run for a 4-3 Yankees victory.

It was the second career walk-off homer for Suzuki, whose other was Sept. 18, 2009 with the Mariners off Mariano Rivera, who just happened to be the winning pitcher Tuesday night. Ichiro has three other walk-off hits. It was the Yankees’ first walk-off victory of the season.

For one game at least, the Bronx Bombers were back. Ichiro’s shot off a 1-2 fastball from Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers was the fourth solo homer of the game for the Yankees, who had not homered in the previous two games and four of the past five. In fact, they hit only four homers in their previous 15 games combined.

“That’s Yankees baseball,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “We haven’t seen much of it this year.”

Both starting pitchers left the game with the score 3-3.

Kuroda had a slight edge as he pitched two batters into the seventh inning, and one of the three runs he allowed was not earned due to a throwing error by third baseman David Adams. The other two runs were on solo homers by Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin. Kuroda walked one batter and struck out six.

Darvish lasted 5 1/3 innings. All three of his runs were on inning-leadoff home runs by Travis Hafner in the fourth, Brett Gardner in the fifth and Jayson Nix in the sixth. Darvish gave up seven hits overall with two walks and six strikeouts.

Gardner’s home run was his seventh of the season, which already matches his career high. He hit seven homers in 2011 in 510 at-bats. His seventh dinger this season came in his 289th at-bat.

Nix’s home run was his second of the season and ended a homerless stretch of 202 at-bats. It was also the first home run for the Yankees by a right-handed batter in 18 games covering 255 at-bats since June 4 when switch hitter Mark Teixeira connected from the right side off Indians lefthander Scott Kazmir.

Adams’ errant throw allowed Adrian Beltre to reach first base in the fourth inning (Beltre would later make two errors himself although neither resulted in a run). Singles by A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman loaded the bases. Beltre scored as Mitch Moreland hit into a fielder’s choice.

Beltre’s first error put Zoilo Almonte on first base in the fourth. Almonte quickly got to second base by stealing it but he was stranded. Beltre failed to glove a smoking liner by Hafner with one out in the fifth, and Robinson Cano made it from first to third. Darvish averted danger by striking out Lyle Overbay and retiring Almonte on a force play.

After Stewart’s single in the sixth that ended Darvish’s night, the Yankees did not have a base runner until Stewart again walked on four pitches leading off the ninth. Gardner grounded into a force play and then made the second out attempting to steal second. That left matters up to Ichiro as he moved into center stage on a night that began with two of his countrymen on the mound.

Wells delivers big-time in the pinch

For the first time in more than a month, Vernon Wells found himself talking to reporters after a game about something other than struggling with the bat. A slump that had reached disastrous proportions – 9-for-his-previous 90 at-bats, a chilly .100 stretch – put him on the bench in favor of recent Triple A call-up Zoilo Almonte, already a crowd favorite at Yankee Stadium.

Wells tried not to get discouraged. He continues to work on a daily basis with batting coach Kevin Long to recover a stroke that got him off a strong start this year with the Yankees. So when manager Joe Girardi told him in the seventh inning to get ready that he may be needed off the bench, Wells saw that flame-throwing lefthander Jake McGee was in the Tampa Bay bullpen and went down the tunnel into the cage and hit some balls off a tee.

The call from the skipper came for Wells to bat for Chris Stewart after a bases-loaded walk to David Adams that got the Yankees to 5-4 in the game. With two out, a big hit was needed to put the Yankees in control. Wells got the big hit, his biggest in a long time, a bases-clearing double that headed the Yankees toward a 7-5 victory. With one swing, Wells drove in as many runs (three) as he had in his previous 97 at-bats combined.

“I never lost my confidence,” Wells said. “When you lose your confidence, you’re done.”

Wells concentrated on tracking McGee’s fastball. He decided to take the first pitch, which came in at 96 miles per hour and was a strike.

“I saw the ball really well and when I saw 96 on the scoreboard, I thought, ‘OK, at least I could see it,’ ” Wells said. “It’s the ones that go into the catcher’s mitt you don’t see that worry you. After that, I thought about getting a good swing and letting him supply the power. It felt good to hit a ball that didn’t land in somebody’s glove.”

The comeback victory was big for the Yankees, who coupled with the Orioles loss trail second-place Baltimore by only a half-game in the American League East standings. Meanwhile, the Rays’ loss dropped them into a virtual tie for fourth in the division with the red-hot Blue Jays, who won their 10th straight game.

“We have a chance to win a series against a division rival that has been tough on us, so this was an important victory,” Girardi said.

In many ways, it was a victory gift-wrapped from the opposition. Five Rays pitchers combined to walk nine batters, four of whom scored. Robinson Cano reached base five times, including a career-high four walks, the most for a Yankees player in a game since Alex Rodriguez May 15, 2009 against the Twins. Adams walked twice. He entered the game with zero walks in 86 major-league plate appearances. Tampa Bay also made two errors that resulted in three unearned runs, all driven in by Almonte with a two-run single and, of course, a bases-loaded walk.

A 3-1 Yankees lead all went away in the sixth inning when Wil Myers clouted his first major-league home run, a grand slam off a 0-1 fastball from CC Sabathia. The rookie’s drive to right-center was nearly caught by center fielder Brett Gardner but slammed off the top of the auxiliary scoreboard and into the stands.

Myers, who was called up from the minors two weeks ago, was the centerpiece of an off-season trade with the Royals in which the Rays surrendered pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis. Tampa Bay seems to grow pitchers. Alex Colome, Saturday’s starter, has not allowed an earned run in two major-league starts totaling nine innings.

Girardi hit pay dirt with the Wells move but not the one that called for Evan Longoria to be walked intentionally to pitch to Myers. You can’t fault the manager there, however. Longoria had already homered in the game to continue a loud history against Sabathia (.383, four doubles and six home runs in 47 at-bats). Myers may be on the come but prior to that at-bat he had yet to prove himself. He may start making managers re-think their positions.

The Yankees caught a major break when Rays manager Joe Maddon replaced Alex Torres at the start of the seventh. The lefthander had retired the five batters he had faced – three on strikeouts – and the Yankees had three lefty batters due up that inning – Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay. Despite being right-handed, Joel Peralta has Maddon’s confidence in getting left-handed batters out. Peralta did retire Hafner but after walking Cano and before allowing a double to Overbay. A rally was in place. Walks to Almonte and Adams set the stage for Wells.

“In this game,” Wells said, “You never know what can happen.”

Ain’t that the truth.

Brignac out; Almonte gets shot in left field

Get used to a left side of the infield of Jayson Nix at shortstop and David Adams at third base for the Yankees until Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez come back sometime after the All-Star break.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi conceded as much before Friday night’s game. The Reid Brignac experiment is over as the Yankees designated him for assignment and recalled infielder Alberto Gonzalez from Triple A Scranton.

When they acquired him off waivers from the Rockies, the Yankees had hoped Brignac would provide some needed punch from the left side, but that did not happen. Brignac played well in the field but had only five hits, including one double, in 44 at-bats for a .114 batting average with the Yankees after he had hit .250 with one home run and six RBI in 48 at-bats with Colorado.

Gonzalez wasn’t exactly ripping it up at Triple A, either. He hit .224 with four doubles and eight RBI in 76 at-bats. He batted .333 on 3-for-9 in an earlier stint with the Yankees this year before he was optioned back to the minors when the Yankees brought in Brignac, so Gonzalez has gone full circle.

A new face was in the starting lineup Friday night. Zoilo Almonte started in left field and batted sixth in the order. Almonte batted as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Thursday night and got his first major-league hit, a single off the third base bag.

“We’ll give Zoilo a chance,” Girardi said. “He may have some butterflies out there, but it was important for him to get that first hit out of the way.”

Asked if Almonte was a threat to the playing time of Vernon Wells, who is mired in a 9-for-90 (.100) slump, Girardi said, “No matter who you are in this game, there is going to be somebody who wants your job. You have to prove yourself over and over.”

The Yankees have used 41 players this year, which is only four fewer than they had all of last season. The total includes 18 players who have made their first appearance with the Yankees, six of whom have made their major-league debuts – right-handed pitchers Preston Claiborne and Brett Marshall, left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno, infielders David Adams and Corban Joseph and Almonte. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that the previous time the Yankees had six players or more make their big-league debuts prior to the All-Star break was in 2007 with seven – right-handed pitchers Tyler Clippard, Matt DeSalvo, Phil Hughes, Edwar Ramirez and Chase Wright, left-handed pitcher Kei Igawa and third baseman Chris Basak.

The Yankees also selected off waivers two pitchers, righthander Yoshinori Tateyama, 37, who had a 4.24 ERA for the Rangers’ Triple A Round Rock club, and lefthander Mike Zagurski, 30, who allowed 10 earned runs in six innings (15.00 ERA) for the Pirates and a 2.14 ERA for their Triple A Indianapolis affiliate. Both were assigned to Scranton.

With his two home runs Thursday night, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria tied Victor Martinez and Jose Bautista for the most home runs hit at by a visitor at the current Yankee Stadium with nine. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Longoria is the first visiting right-handed batter to hit two opposite-field home runs in one game at the Stadium. Two right-handed hitters have done that for the Yankees since the Stadium opened in 2009: Russell Martin, now with the Pirates, and Jesus Montero, now in the Mariners organization.

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.