Yankees place Johnson on DL

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Updated: 7/23 1:54 pm

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees placed infielder Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left groin.

Johnson is batting .219 with six homers and 22 RBI this season. He was hurt in Tuesday's game against Texas.

Playing right field for the first time, Johnson made a nice running catch in right-center field and struggled running to first in his next at-bat.

The Yankees, after a 14-inning marathon against the Rangers on Tuesday, added bullpen depth on Wednesday by selecting the contract of pitcher Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

To put Leroux on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated pitcher Bruce Billings for assignment.

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