NEW YORK (AP) -Johnny Damon has a mild strain in his right calf and was not in the New York Yankees' lineup Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The speedy center fielder had an MRI exam earlier in the day, but the Yankees were waiting to try and determine whether it would be best to put him on the 15-day disabled list.
Damon, entering his 13th major league season, has never been on the DL. He was in the trainer's room receiving treatment before the game and issued a statement through a team spokesman.
``I'm feeling better today than I was yesterday. I'm going to get after it with the trainers for the rest of the day and see where we are tomorrow,'' Damon said. ``I still have sexy calves.''
Damon was hurt in Monday's victory over Tampa Bay.
``We'll see how it progresses,'' manager Joe Torre said. ``He's obviously going to be our best barometer for this thing.''
After New York's 7-6 loss to the Devil Rays, Damon said he wanted to test his leg by Saturday. If he's not available to play at all this weekend, going on the disabled list would probably be the best thing for the team, he said.
``The most I would miss if I did go on the DL would be 10 games,'' Damon said. ``Hopefully, we'll keep seeing improvement. My body has always been a quick healer.''
Melky Cabrera started in center field for New York and second baseman Robinson Cano was in the leadoff spot. If Damon is out for a while, Torre said Cabrera would be a more logical choice to bat leadoff once he starts swinging the bat better.
Damon's legs are a big part of his game.
``He's been around long enough to know there's certain things he can go on with,'' Torre said. ``If this was September, I'd be a little more concerned that he would try to push it to the end.''
Cabrera will fill in for Damon until he returns. If Damon has to go on the disabled list, the Yankees probably would call up an outfielder from the minors. New York repeatedly has said Bernie Williams is not an option.
Torre reiterated that the team is fortunate to have Cabrera as a replacement. He got plenty of playing time as a rookie last season because of injuries to fellow outfielders Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield. Cabrera batted .280 with seven homers, 50 RBIs and 26 doubles in 460 at-bats. He also scored 75 runs and stole 12 bases while playing excellent defense, especially in left field.
``This kid can play center field with anybody,'' Torre said.

Recent MLB Discussions

MLB Headlines

More inMLB News  

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Reds MLB Pick After coming from behind to beat the Reds last night, will the Giants take Game 2 of the series tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Rays MLB Pick Interleague play heads to Tropicana Field tonight when the Rays host the Dodgers at 7:10PM ET. Is Tampa Bay a safe bet to win?
Thumbnail Yankees vs. Orioles MLB Pick Favored on the money line, will the Orioles take Game 1 of a new three-game series against the Yankees tonight at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Cubs, Arrieta to ambush Pirates again? Jake Arrieta was none too pleased about seeing his MLB-record streak of 24 straight quality starts come to an end last week. What better way to begin a new run of...
Thumbnail Tigers vs. Indians Free Pick The Detroit Tigers ride a five-game win streak into Cleveland today when they face the Cleveland Indians at...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages