Kevin Youkilis was scratched from Tuesday's Yankees lineup for precautionary reasons after the third baseman said that he felt a cramp above his left hip.

The Yankees have described Youkilis' injury as a sore left oblique, and manager Joe Girardi said that Youkilis should be re-evaluated in a couple of days. Girardi said Youkilis had not been sent for tests.

"Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp," Youkilis said. "That just turned into, 'We're going to be precautionary.' I'm fine. I could play today, and I'm perfectly fine, but they were just like, 'No, we're going to sit you out.'"

Youkilis said that if this were the regular season, there would be no question about him playing.

"I don't think it's anything serious," Girardi said. "We're being really cautious right now, because we can be."

Youkilis said that this does not feel like the oblique injuries he has had in the past; he can swing the bat, but the Yankees do not want him to.

"I think I kind of learned my lesson: Don't say you're tight," Youkilis said. "It's my first week here, and now I understand the terminology and what to do."