From the Post -
Two swings in the indoor batting cage at Coors Field yesterday told Johnny Damon all he needed to know about his abdominal muscle problem that had been listed as a strain but is a lot worse.
“My rib is shot,” Damon told The Post. “I am not too happy right now.”
Asked if he was looking at the first disabled-list stint of his career, Damon said, “I don’t know.”
Damon initially suffered the injury last Tuesday in the Yankee Stadium batting cages. Torre played him Tuesday and Wednesday, gave him a day off Thursday and didn’t play him Friday because of the abdominal problem. Damon returned Saturday against the Mets and went 1-for-4. He was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday in the final Subway Series game.
Asked about the home run being someplace to start, Damon wasn’t sure.
“With a rib cage, every swing hurts,” said Damon, who is hitting a disappointing .255 overall and .245 with runners in scoring position.
There’s no truth to the rumor that Joe Torre wanted to remove the rib from Damon and use it to create another player…but he did not proceed out of fear that a player created from Johnny Damon’s rib would throw like a girl.