Brian Roberts day-to-day with lower back soreness

Roberts sat out Sunday's game after precautionary MRI was negative
04/13/2014 11:34 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brian Roberts walks to the dugout during a recent Yankees game.(AP)
New York Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts sat out Sunday night's series with the Red Sox due to lower back soreness, and manager Joe Girardi said Roberts is "day-to-day" after a precautionary MRI came back negative.

"He came in today with what I guess you'd call back spasms or a stiff lower back," Girardi said, "but the MRI came back clean so he's more day-to-day."

While there was no word pre-game on why Roberts was out of the lineup, GM Brian Cashman told the media during the game it was a back issue, and Yankees PR made an announcement during the seventh that Roberts had gone for the MRI.

Roberts' back issue was just one of an unfortunately long list of injuries the Yankees had to deal with on Sunday; shortstop Derek Jeter missed the game as a precautionary measure due to some lingering tightness in his right quadriceps, catcher/first baseman Francisco Cervelli was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning with a hamstring injury, and both Yangervis Solarte and Brian McCann were banged up at various points but managed to finish the game.

Monday is an off day, but Girardi said that the team was unsure what Tuesday would bring, and even if Roberts doesn't need to go on the disabled list, the Yankees will likely have to make at least one move ahead of their short series with the Cubs.

"We don't anticipate it will be too long, but with maybe not knowing Brian's status for Tuesday, yeah, would anticipate we'll probably make a couple moves," the skipper said.

The 77 games Roberts played last season were the most he's appeared in since 2009, but the 36-year-old has played in 11 of the Yankees' first 13 through Sunday.

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