ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On Sunday, Kevin Youkilis said his back was "fine" and that he'd be back in the lineup Monday night.
That was true . . . until it wasn't.
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Youkilis was in Joe Girardi's original lineup but scratched less than an hour before the game against the Rays with the back issue that forced him out of Saturday's game in Toronto in the sixth inning.
The Yankees announced Youkilis' back "tightened up" after he took batting practice. Back problems in 2011 and 2012 landed him on the disabled list.
Curtis Granderson still expects to return in May.
Exactly when, he has no idea.
"It's going to be somewhere in May, don't know exactly when," Granderson said. "But everything's looking pretty good."
But like rehabbing teammates Derek Jeter (ankle) and Mark Teixeira (wrist), it doesn't appear as if Granderson will be back soon. Jeter suffered a setback last week when a doctor's examination revealed a crack in his left ankle. Granderson and Teixeira haven't had that kind of setback and neither is in any pain. But their rehabs have been deliberate, and neither seems on track to meet the time frame of eight to 10 weeks given when they were injured.
"Tee-and-toss again tomorrow, throw again tomorrow, those are really the only things I can do right now," Granderson said.