The Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, and recalled infielder Corban Joseph in his place.

Youkilis, 34, had missed seven of the last eight games due to lingering discomfort in his lower back. He will be eligible to return on May 13.

Joseph, a 24-year-old utility infielder, was the only other infielder on the 40-man roster. He posted an .824 on-base plus slugging percentage in 22 Triple-A games. He homered four times and doubled six