Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Youkilis DL'd, Joseph called up

The Yankees announced that 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis is on the DL with a lumbar spine strain retroactive to April 28th (Sunday). The earliest that Youkilis will be able to return from the disabled list will be on Monday, May 13th. Cashman admitted that letting Youkilis play on Saturday against Toronto after sitting him for almost a week was a "mistake". If Youkilis did not play on Saturday he would have been eligible to come off the DL as early as next week. However, the Yankees made the mistake of playing him so they must now pay the consequences.

The Yankees also recalled INF Corban Joseph from AAA. The lefty swinging infielder, who primarily plays second base is someone who Cashman considers to be a 1B/2B. He struggled at third base in spring training, so the Yankees did not put him there at Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Joseph was designated for assignment by the Yankees late in spring training, and was quickly resigned. He is the only minor league infielder currently on the Yankees 40 man roster, which may have factored into the decision to call him up for his first trip to the Major Leagues.

Joseph was hitting .273 with 4 home runs and 8 RBI at AAA.

Mark Feinsand made a sobering point in a tweet this afternoon. It is a must-read tweet that will probably take a few seconds to digest, considering how well the Yankees have played thus far.

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