Kevin Youkilis says he’s had no issues with his back for some time, leaving him to wonder when the Yankees will get around to starting his minor league rehab assignment.

"I feel like I’m ready. It’s more about getting through games and all that," said Youkilis, who has been on the disabled list since April 28 due to a lumbar spine sprain.

Today, Youkilis is scheduled to play the field and take more at-bats at the club’s minor league complex.

"It’s definitely been frustrating. You want to play … you don’t want to be in Tampa playing in extended spring training games," Youkilis said. "Hopefully, I can [return] as soon as possible but it’s sort of out of my control right now."

His current replacement, rookie David Adams, narrowly missed a grand slam in the ninth and settled for a two-run double off reliever Cesar Ramos. "Everyone’s done a great job. I knew this team was good from Day One," Youkilis said.

"I just wish there were more stories about people who said we were going to finish last."