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Kevin Youkilis out with sore left oblique

02/26/2013 9:23 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Kevin Youkilis agreed to a one-year contract with the Yankees in December of 2012.(AP)
New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis will be shut down for a few days with what the team is calling a sore left oblique. Youkilis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., but insisted that it's just a "cramp" above his hip and would have played if it was a regular-season game.

“Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp,” Youkilis told reporters. “That just turned into, we’re going to be precautionary. I’m fine. I could play today and I’m perfectly fine, but they were just like, ‘No, we’re going to sit you out.’”

“It’s one of those things where, I think after I swung yesterday and running and all that, it was hot and I got a little dehydrated. When I got water in me, I was fine. Being a month away from games and all that, they just wanted to take it precautionary. I wanted to play today and was perfectly fine to play, and didn’t feel like there was any risk.”

Youkilis will be re-evaluated later in the week. In 2009, Youkilis was disabled for two weeks with a left oblique strain.

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