Hurting Yankees: Now Youkilis on DL
Kevin Youkilis joined Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees’ disabled list Tuesday because of a lumbar spine sprain. Despite a history of back trouble, Youkilis was signed to fill in for Rodriguez after the All-Star third baseman had offseason hip surgery. Youkilis got off to a solid start, also filling in at first base, but was injured April 20 at Toronto and missed six straight games with back stiffness before going 0 for 3 with a walk Saturday. The 34-year-old Youkilis was given an epidural injection and told to stay home and rest. He is hitting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games . . . Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton underwent an MRI and expects to be sidelined for about a month because of a Grade 2 strained right hamstring.
Strasburg should make his next start
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s right arm is “structurally sound,’’ Reds GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post. Strasburg, who is expected to make his next start on Saturday, might have irritated a nerve using an electrical stimulation machine. Manager Davey Johnson said the device could have been placed too close to a nerve in Strasburg’s pitching arm, leading to discomfort during Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the Braves. . . . Rays pitcher David Price is not concerned about potential discipline from Major League Baseball after his spat with umpire Tom Hallion last weekend. Price accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays’ 8-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday . . . Braves righthander Luis Ayala was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, because of an anxiety disorder.
Lakers’ Howard undecided on future
After a disappointing season that ended in a first-round sweep, Lakers center Dwight Howard, a pending free agent, vowed to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers, who plan to pursue him aggressively, over any other team. ‘‘I'm going to take my time, get away from the game, get away from my phones and everything, just clear my head,’’ Howard said. ‘‘I think I deserve that right, so that’s what I want to do . . . Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari underwent surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee and will later have another procedure to fix his ACL. Gallinari was hurt April 4 against Dallas when he planted his left leg awkwardly while going in for a layup . . . ESPN said it regrets the ‘‘distraction’’ caused by one of its reporters, Chris Broussard, who described Jason Collins as a sinner after the NBA center publicly revealed he was gay.
Indy test yields 200-m.p.h. speeds
On the first day of a closed tire test on Indianapolis’s historic 2½-mile oval, Mark Martin wrote on Twitter he had hit 212 miles per hour in the morning. When Jeff Gordon saw the post, he asked his own team how fast he reached and said he was told 214. Drivers attributed the speed to almost perfect conditions in the morning — good grip and a cool track. To put the speeds in perspective, Denny Hamlin won last year’s Brickyard 400 pole with a fast lap of 182.293 m.p.h. Gordon said all the cars Tuesday were faster. . . . NASCAR suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond, Va. Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each. They were also placed on probation until the end of the year.
Singh in clear after shift by WADA
The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor. ‘‘The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr. Singh,’’ PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
Rolston retires after 17 years in NHL
Brian Rolston retired after a 17-year NHL career in which he played for five teams and helped the New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup. The 40-year-old forward from Flint, Mich., did not play this season after splitting time with the Islanders and Bruins in 2011-12 . He also played for Colorado and Minnesota and completed his career with 342 goals, 419 assists, and 761 points . . .The Predators agreed to a long-term deal with forward Patric Hornqvist, who signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract to stay in Nashville , where he has spent his five-year NHL career and has emerged as one of the team’s top offensive weapons . . . The parents of Wayne Jones III, a Tennessee State football player who died after collapsing during a practice last fall, are suing the university for wrongful death. The 19-year-old walk-on freshman defensive back died Nov. 7 at a team workout. Wayne Jones Jr. and Sonya Johns said an ‘‘unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help’’ after their son collapsed . . . The South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas struck a 12-year deal with the United States Bowling Congress to host several annual events in a new $30 million bowling center.