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Damon was back in the lineup on Thursday after leaving in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game with a stiff right groin.
Damon left Wednesday's game in the fourth with a stiff right groin.
Damon was scratched from the starting lineup of the Yankees' 6-2 victory at Texas on Monday night because of a sore back. The 32-year-old New York center fielder said there was no way he could have played Monday, not even as a pinch-hitter. "It's along the spine. It came out of the blue," Damon said. "I've never had anything like it before."
Damon left Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Indians in the third inning with a slight muscle pull in his stomach and was not in the lineup Thursday.
Damon is not expected to be in the lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday because of an injured foot. The Yankees center fielder came in as a pinch-runner during the ninth inning of Tuesday's game.
Damon hit his first Yankees homer -- a three-run shot during a five-run eighth inning -- in New York's 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. The victory completed a three-game sweep by the Bombers.
Damon, recovering from left shoulder tendinitis that sidelined him during the World Baseball Classic, is expected to play in the field for the first time since the WBC this Saturday. The Yankees' center fielder was scheduled to return to action Thursday, but manager Joe Torre pushed his return back a couple of days on Wednesday.
Damon is bothered by a sore left shoulder, which may sideline the Yankees' center fielder for the rest of the second round of the World Baseball Classic. He won't be throwing for a few days and could be limited to DH or pinch-hitting duties in the WBC.
Damon agreed to a $52 million, four-year deal with the Yankees on Tuesday night. The center fielder gives New York its first star leadoff hitter in nearly a decade and hurts the rival Boston Red Sox, who are now without a player to fill that role.
Damon filed for free agency on Friday. The veteran outfielder, who has spent the last four seasons in Boston, hit .316 with 10 home runs and 75 RBI for the Red Sox in 2005.
Barring any last-minute setbacks, Damon will be in center field for the start of a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The Red Sox outfielder has been sidelined the last two days after receiving a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder on Wednesday.
After Gabe Kapler went down Wednesday with a season-ending Achilles injury, Damon is looking to return to the Boston outfield on Thursday. The Red Sox' center fielder found out Wednesday that there is no structural damage to his ailing left shoulder, and he is likely to play if the pain is within reason. Damon hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday.
The MRI exam of Damon's ailing left shoulder revealed there is no structural damage. The Red Sox' center fielder has been playing with discomfort since injuring the shoulder on a slide against Baltimore on September 4. He played four straight days with the injury last week, but hasn't made an appearance since Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox were ready to return Damon to center field on Monday, but the pain in his left shoulder was too much and he was a late scratch before their game against Toronto. Damon anticipated playing through the discomfort, but he had to sit for a second time in three days -- and for the third time in eight days.
Bothered by a left shoulder injury he suffered a week ago Sunday, Damon returned to the Boston lineup on Sunday as the team's designated hitter. That doesn't guarantee that the Red Sox' leadoff man will return to center field on Monday. The shoulder discomfort continues, and Damon may DH again against Toronto in the first game of a three-game set in Canada.
Damon was not in the Red Sox' starting lineup on Saturday, sitting out with a sore left shoulder. The outfielder has been playing through discomfort since injuring the shoulder on a slide during last Sunday's game against Baltimore. He received a cortisone shot following Friday's loss to the Yankees. Damon is considered day-to-day.
Despite a sore shoulder and a host of other minor ailments, Damon returned to the Boston lineup on Tuesday and had three hits in five trips to the plate. The Red Sox' leadoff man has hit safely in all five games he has played in September, going 8-for-21 (.381).
Damon will miss Boston's Monday makeup game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway, as he will sit with a sore shoulder. Early in the week he suffered a bruised left hand when he was hit by a pitch, and he also banged his elbow late in Sunday's win over Baltimore.
Damon is likely to miss a couple of games after being hit by a pitch that generated a bruise on his left hand Monday night. The Red Sox' center fielder is banged up and was due a day off anyway. He probably will get at least two days of rest while allowing the hand to heal. X-rays were negative.
Damon sat out Boston's win over Chicago Saturday, as well as Sunday's start, which ended in a rainout. The Boston leadoff man didn't play because of a minor hamstring tweak. He is expected to return to the Red Sox' lineup in Detroit on Monday.
With one hit in Boston's wild 9-8 win over the White Sox on Friday night, Damon has a 15-game hitting streak. He managed only a sixth-inning single in five trips while his Red Sox teammates pounded out another dozen against a Chicago pitching staff that has been very stingy. Still, Damon is batting .354 (23-for-65) with 13 runs scored during his 15-game run.
When Boston faces White Sox ace Mark Buehrle at Fenway Park on Friday, Damon will be putting a 14-game hitting streak on the line. He's nearly halfway to matching his 29-game streak that stalled in mid-July, and during his current run, he's a .367 hitter (22-for-60) with 13 runs scored in 14 games.
Damon's hitting streak stalled at 29 games on Monday. Boston's leadoff man went 0-for-5 and made the final out of the game in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Kazmir and three Tampa Bay relievers held the Red Sox to three hits, and Damon didn't get one, despite scoring his team's only run.
Damon's hitting streak reached 29 games on Sunday. The Boston center fielder was 1-for-5 against the Yankees in Sunday's series finale, and he's batting .348 with 26 runs scored during the streak. For the season, he is hitting .342 with four home runs, 44 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 68 runs scored in 85 games.
Damon extended his hitting streak to 28 games by singling in the sixth inning of Saturday's loss to the New York Yankees. It was the only hit of the game for the Red Sox' outfielder, who finished 1-for-4 with a walk and strikeout. For the season, he is batting .344 with four home runs, 44 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 68 runs scored in 84 games.
Damon hit safely in the first game following the All-Star break, giving the Boston center fielder a 26-game hitting streak. He is batting .345 during the streak, and his average for the season has inched up to .341. The leadoff man has scored 66 runs in 82 games in 2005.
Damon's hitting streak has reached 22 games, and he has scored 22 runs during his streak. The Red Sox' leadoff man has been doing his job in 2005. He has scored 64 runs in 78 contests.
Damon opened Tuesday night's game against Texas with a single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. He's a .333 hitter with 21 runs scored in his 21-game run. For the season, Damon is batting .337 with a .381 on-base percentage and 63 runs scored in 77 games.
Damon's hitting streak has reached 20 games. The Boston leadoff hitter is batting .337 (31-for-92) with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 11 RBI and 19 runs scored during his 20-game run.
With a hit on Sunday against Toronto, Damon's hitting streak has reached 19 games. The Red Sox' center fielder and leadoff man is batting .345 (30-for-87) with 18 runs scored during his streak.
In Boston's 6-4 win over Toronto Saturday, Damon had two hits for his fourth straight contest, extending his current hitting streak to 18 games. During his streak, the Red Sox' center fielder is hitting .354 (29-for-82) with 11 extra-base hits, 11 RBI and 17 runs scored.
With his third two-hit game in four days, Damon extended his hitting streak to 16 games on Wednesday. Boston's center fielder is 25-for-74 (.338) during his streak, and he's a .339 hitter with a .383 on-base percentage in 72 games this season.
Damon had a pair of hits in Boston's loss to Cleveland Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. The Red Sox' leadoff man is a .333 hitter (23-for-69) during his 15-game run, with eight extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored. He is batting .338 for the season, with a .383 on-base percentage and 57 runs scored in 71 games.
With a single in the first inning of Boston's 7-0 loss to Cleveland Monday, Damon became the first American Leaguer to reach 100 hits for the season. The safety also gave the Red Sox' center fielder a 14-game hitting streak in which he is 21-for-64 (.328) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 10 RBI and 14 runs scored.
With two hits in Boston's win over Philadelphia Sunday, Damon extended his hitting streak to 13 games. The Red Sox' center fielder is batting .328 (20-for-61) during his 13-game run, with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 10 RBI and 14 runs scored. Damon is a reason Boston has gone 11-3 during his streak.
Still bothered by a strained right rotator cuff, Damon didn't start Wednesday's game against Cleveland, but made a pinch-running appearance in the eighth inning. He remained in the game, which the Red Sox won, 5-4, on an RBI double from Edgar Renteria in the ninth.
Damon continues to be bothered by a tender right shoulder he injured making a diving catch on June 4. Described as a rotator cuff strain, the injury has led Damon to skip batting practice before each of the last five games he has played. On Sunday, he sat out Boston's 8-0 win over Pittsburgh to give the shoulder additional rest.
While Damon's sore right shoulder kept him out of his second game in a row on Monday, Boston manager Terry Francona said his center fielder was doing better and should be ready to go on Tuesday.
Due to soreness in his right shoulder, Damon was absent from the Red Sox' lineup on Sunday, and his status for Monday is currently up in the air. The outfielder came down hard on his arm while making a diving catch during Saturday's action, but was able to remain in the game. If he is forced to miss any more time, Jay Payton likely will get the nod in center for the Sox.
Damon came away from a painful Tuesday night run-in with the outfield wall at Fenway Park with scratches and contusions on his face. The Red Sox' center fielder needed four stitches above his right eye to close a cut. The good news is, there were no symptoms of a concussion, and Boston is listing Damon as day-to-day.
Damon picked up a hit on Wednesday to push his hitting streak to 17 games. He's batting .468 (36-for-77) during the streak, scoring 16 runs and driving in 16 for Boston.
After a perfect 3-for-3 night that included a walk on Tuesday, Damon has four straight multihit performances and a 16-game hitting streak. In those 16 games, Damon is batting .479 (35-for-73) with six doubles, two triples, 15 runs scored and 16 RBI.
Damon collected two more hits in Boston's Monday night win to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. During the streak, the Red Sox' center fielder is batting .457 (32-for-70) with six doubles, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI.
With first-inning hits in both games of Boston's Sunday doubleheader, Damon extended his hitting streak to 14 games. During his 14-game run, the Red Sox' center fielder is 30-for-66 (.455) with six doubles, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. The streak includes 10 multihit games.
Damon was 4-for-9 Sunday, despite a strained left hamstring that kept him out of games on both Friday and Saturday. The area bothering Damon is where the tendon attaches the hamstring to his left hip.
Damon, who was held out of Friday's game with a strained left hamstring, is likely to miss Saturday's contest as well. The outfielder has been told by doctors that the problem area is the tendon attaching the hamstring to his hip.
Damon, who was held out of Friday's game with a strained left hamstring, is likely to miss Saturday's contest as well. The Red Sox' outfielder has been told by doctors that the problem area is the tendon attaching the hamstring to his hip.
Damon kept an impressive hitting streak alive with a seventh-inning single for his only hit in Boston's 2-1 win over Detroit Thursday. The Red Sox' center fielder extended his run to 12 games. In those 12 games, Damon is hitting .456 (26-for-57) with five doubles, a triple and homer, 10 runs scored and 13 RBI.
In five of the 12 games in his streak, Damon has had three or more hits. Only four times has he been limited to a single hit.
Damon did not play in Saturday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays after suffering a gash on his left elbow that required six stiches. Jay Payton started in center field for the Red Sox in Damon's place.