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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Kelly Johnson placed on DL

By on 7/23/2014 02:30:00 PM

The New York Yankees announced Wednesday afternoon that they have placed utility man Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin suffered in Tuesday night's win over the Texas Rangers. The have called up right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to fill in Johnson's roster spot.

Johnson strained himself in the bottom of the 10th inning while running out a ground ball. He went to right field to play the 11th inning, but after he talked with manager Joe Girardi and team trainer Steve Donahue, he jogged to test his leg and then left the game, walking upright and normally. Ichiro Suzuki finished the game that Yankees eventually won in 14 innings.

Johnson has played several positions for the Yankees this year, including third, second, and first bases in addition to both corner outfield positions. He is a valuable utility man who can spell the regulars, enter late as a defensive replacement, or pinch hit. He also has occasional power. He is hitting .219 with 6 HR and 22 RBI in 77 games.

The Yankees now have a regular third baseman in Chase Headley, so Johnson will see less time at third. He can still spell Mark Teixeira when necessary when he returns. There is no timetable yet for that return to happen.

Leroux was 2-2 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in Triple-A. He made two appearances for the Yankees earlier this season (April 29 and May 2) and allowed five earned runs in two total innings.

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