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.
â€œPerhaps you can say so, itâ€™s a short-term setback,â€ Matsui said through a translator at the Yankeesâ€™ minor league complex. â€œIâ€™m going to hit tomorrow, thatâ€™s the plan anyway.â€
Damon, eligible to be activated from the DL on Sunday, continues to have soreness in his injured left shoulder, and wonâ€™t likely start hitting off a tee until at least late this week. He underwent treatment only on Tuesday.
â€œIt feels a little better today,â€ Damon said. â€œIt still feels horrible waking up. Iâ€™m still kind of down because I know (Yankees manager Joe) Girardi wants to put me in the lineup on Sunday and Iâ€™m not sure we can do that.â€
There is no date for when Matsui might start a running program, a key step before playing in minor league rehab games.
Should Matsuiâ€™s knee not respond, surgery could be an option. His goal remains avoiding surgery and returning to the team.
â€œAt this point right now, itâ€™s hard to say,â€ Matsui said. â€œYou try, believing that youâ€™re going to be able to go back this season. If it comes to the point where I have to decide surgery, then thatâ€™s that.â€
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.