With Kevin Youkilis sidelined with a lumbar spine sprain, the Yankees are asking around about right-handed hitters, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Understudy Jayson Nix will take over at third base in the interim with rookie Corban Joseph called up in support, but the Bombers will also look out-of-house for reinforcements.
Youkilis has been put on the 15-day disabled list, but it's an ailment that he dealt with last season and may not be in his rear view mirror in a couple of weeks. Of course, it's not terribly easy to find an impact player on the trade market this early in the season and the Yankees may have to wait for clubs to slip in the standings to get something done.
Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues suggests that lesser players such as Marlon Byrd of the Mets and Placido Polanco of the Marlins could probably available sooner than other right-handed hitters. More desirable options would include impending free agents like Alfonso Soriano, Corey Hart, Paul Konerko, Mike Morse, and Mark Reynolds.