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Setback for Matsui in Florida

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 15, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is trouble. The latest from the AP in Tampa:

Injured Yankees outfielders Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon could be sidelined longer than first expected.

Matsui did not hit Tuesday after experiencing additional discomfort in his sore left knee. The Yankees had hoped he might be ready to return when eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

“Perhaps you can say so, it’s a short-term setback,” Matsui said through a translator at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “I’m going to hit tomorrow, that’s the plan anyway.”

Damon, eligible to be activated from the DL on Sunday, continues to have soreness in his injured left shoulder, and won’t likely start hitting off a tee until at least late this week. He underwent treatment only on Tuesday.

“It feels a little better today,” Damon said. “It still feels horrible waking up. I’m still kind of down because I know (Yankees manager Joe) Girardi wants to put me in the lineup on Sunday and I’m not sure we can do that.”

There is no date for when Matsui might start a running program, a key step before playing in minor league rehab games.

Should Matsui’s knee not respond, surgery could be an option. His goal remains avoiding surgery and returning to the team.

“At this point right now, it’s hard to say,” Matsui said. “You try, believing that you’re going to be able to go back this season. If it comes to the point where I have to decide surgery, then that’s that.”


No, Barry Bonds isn’t coming. He hasn’t faced a pitch in 10 months, he’s under indictment and his statistics from last season are skewed because of the lineup he was in and all the intentional walks he received. Oh, and he’s probably not on performance-enhancing drugs any more.

Beyond that, where do you presume to play him? Left field?

The Yankees have all the DHs they need, thanks. Yankee fans have to get used to the idea that all problems can’t be solved by plugging in old-timers.




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