Damon banged up, out of lineup
Johnny Damon is out of the Yankees lineup after complaining of being banged up with achy knees as well as his shoulder and a stiff back. You’ll remember Damon hit the Green Monster hard chasing Mike Lowell’s three-run double in the eighth inning yesterday – Joe Girardi said that collision wasn’t the reason specifically, but it also didn’t help.
Girardi has to be wondering who he can call on in the bullpen. Mark Melancon and Steven Jackson might make their big league debuts tonight if big-game Andy Pettitte doesn’t hold to form and give them seven innings, as he has in the first three starts this year. A series sweep would not let the Yankees leave town with a pleasant flavor, but there are still 15 more games vs. Boston this year.
“You never want to be swept anywhere, so it is an important game for us,” Girardi said.