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Yankees Place Kevin Youkilis on DL

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Add Kevin Youkilis to the list of injured Yankees. The New York baseball club placed Youkilis on the disabled list because of a lumbar spine sprain, the team announced Tuesday.

Youkilis had missed eight of the past nine games because of what was described as a stiff back by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.  He played in last Saturday's game against Toronto, which cost the team the chance to back-date his stint on the DL.

Now Youkilis won't be eligible to return to action until mid-May at the earliest.

The 34-year-old Youkilis is hitting .266 with two home-runs and seven RBIs.  He will be replaced at third base by Jayson Nix.

Aside from Youkilis, the long list of players on the disabled list for the Yankees are captain Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Nova, Francisco Cervelli and Michael Pineda.

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