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Kevin Youkilis to have MRI on back

Kevin Youkilis of the Yankees reacts after being

Kevin Youkilis of the Yankees reacts after being tagged out while in a rundown in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles. (April 12, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

Kevin Youkilis suffered a setback that has manager Joe Girardi worried.

The third baseman returned to the Yankees' lineup Saturday after missing the previous six games with tightness in his lower back. But after saying Saturday night that he had come through the game OK, Youkilis arrived Sunday with his back feeling "a little stiff," according to Girardi.

Youkilis will have an MRI on his back Monday.

For a player who has a recent history of back issues -- Youkilis spent time on the DL in 2011 and 2012 with back injuries -- that's not good news.

"It's a little concerning," Girardi said before Sunday's game. "I've said all along that backs can be tricky. It's concerning."

A trip to the disabled list?

"I sure hope not," Girardi said. "I sure hope we're not where we were when he first did it, that it's just a little stiff and we can get him back in there. But the only thing that's going to tell us is time."

The pupil

After allowing Lyle Overbay's go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, R.A. Dickey accused Girardi and the Yankees of creating a delay to give David Robertson more time to warm up.

"What had happened, it was fairly obvious to everybody in our dugout, that Joe was trying to get [the next batter, Eduardo Nuñez] to take some extra time so he could get Robertson warmed up in the bullpen," Dickey said. "It's gamesmanship on his part. It's well within the confines of the rules, it's just that the umpire needs to have a feel for the game and know what's going on. It's certainly not Joe's fault; he's doing what he can to get his team ready to win the game. It's the umpire's responsibility to know what's going on there."

As Overbay rounded the bases, trainer Steve Donohue tended to Nuñez, who appeared to have something in his eye. Nuñez, who received eye drops from Donohue, looked surprised to be asked about it afterward.

"I had something in my eye," Nuñez said. "You can't predict when [something] will be in your eyes." With Nick Klopsis

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