Johnny Damon’s out?
From the Daily News -
Damon’s status is a little more uncertain, as the center fielder is battling a tight right hamstring and a sore lower back. Damon, who went 0-for-5, felt a “burning sensation” in his back during the eighth inning, and the hammy grabbed at him a bit after he made a spectacular sliding catch in the fifth inning.
“I’m hoping my back is all right. I had trouble with it in Minnesota because of the turf,” Damon said. “It doesn’t feel as good as it should.”
Damon’s back appears to be more of a concern than the hamstring, leaving him unsure whether he will be able to play today.
Wow. Wil Nieves and Kevin Thompson or Miggy Cairo in the starting line-up now, maybe. Rico Bergan too – since you can’t play Phelps now as he’s the emergency back-up catcher.
Nieves, Thompson/Cairo, Bergman…that’s nine “free” outs for the Sox today (and maybe tomorrow). It’s like saying the Yankees will only have 6 innings to score runs in the game.
Plus, this leaves the Yankees with zero bench – should someone else get hurt.
On the bright side, it means no more pinch-runners for Giambi over the next two days…unless Mr. Green Tea uses a pitcher to run for him.