(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
Andy Pettitte returned to the mound Friday night and pitched 7 strong innings, easing concerns about the back issues that caused his last start to be pushed back. As one back problem seemingly goes away (for now), another took its place in the form of Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis left Saturday’s game early after feeling some tightness in his back, and was a scratch from
yesterday Sunday afternoon’s game for the first time this season. Joe said he expects Youkilis to be back in the lineup tonight against Tampa (nope), and as expected, Youkilis has talked down the seriousness of the issue since the moment Saturday’s game ended. In the same way that Pettitte’s back is still worth keeping on the radar, Youkilis and his back should also be closely monitored over the next few weeks.
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