A day after acquiring one third baseman, another has gone down with an injury.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that infielder Kelly Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, which he suffered in last night's 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Having used all of their bullpen, the Yankees called up RHP Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton, while designating RHP Bruce Billings for assignment.
Johnson started in right field for the Yankees last night with Chase Headley no becoming the everyday third base. It was likely that Johnson would play more in the outfield with Ichiro Suzuki struggling at the play.
Johnson was batting .219 with six homeruns and 22 RBI in 77 games for the Yankees this season.
They'll be getting a boost in the bullpen with Leroux joining then. Signed by the Yankees over the winter, he appeared in two big league games earlier in the season, and has spent most of his year in Triple-A as a starter.