This from Tampa via the AP:
Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon could hit off a tee on Friday and hopes to rejoin the team by late next week.
Damon is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder, which was hurt when the outfielder ran into the fence attempting to catch a ball on July 4. He underwent treatment only Wednesday at the Yankeesâ€™ minor league complex.
â€œFriday could be a big day,â€ Damon said. â€œIt feels a lot better today. It feels much better not doing the drills.â€
Damon, who is hitting .319, is on the DL for the first time in his career. He was first scheduled to hit off a tee Monday, but that was moved back because of shoulder soreness.
Left fielder-designated hitter Hideki Matsui ended his rehab program for a sore left knee in Florida on Wednesday to return to New York to be examined Friday. Itâ€™s possible Matsui will need season-ending surgery.
â€œHonestly, I donâ€™t know what to anticipate at this point,â€ Matsui said through a translator.
Matsui took batting practice on Saturday and Sunday, but was shut down Tuesday due to swelling in the knee.
â€œTo a certain extent, Iâ€™m a little disappointed by how things have progressed,â€ Matsui said. â€œBut Iâ€™m still hopeful that I can make it back this season. I believe in that.â€
Notes: RHP Phil Hughes (broken rib) threw his third bullpen session. â€¦ Free agent RHP Victor Zambrano continues working out at the Yankeesâ€™ complex and had his second bullpen session.