Back keeps Youk out; Tuesday status uncertain

Back keeps Youk out; Tuesday status uncertain

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch from the Yankees' lineup for Monday's 5-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field after his back tightened following batting practice, and he may not be available to play on Tuesday.

Youkilis did not appear in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto because of the pain in his back, which he said became sore after he played on the artificial turf at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

"He might be a couple of more days," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Monday's game. "We'll see how he feels [Tuesday]. He felt good, then he went through BP and it tightened up a little bit. It is what it is, and we'll get through it."

Youkilis was removed from the lineup at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET. Lyle Overbay replaced Youkilis at first base and went 0-for-3 against Rays left-hander Matt Moore. Jayson Nix remained the starter at third base, also going hitless in three at-bats.

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