Damon not in lineup for Tigers vs. Yankees
It’s a day for reunions here in Lakeland with Curtis Granderson and Johnny Damon against their old clubs. For that matter, it’s also Austin Jackson against his old club. But Damon is not in the starting lineup. He has turf toe in his left big toe, which he said he got from working out at home, but supposedly it’s nothing serious. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Damon received treatment and was much improved, but they wanted to sit him as a precaution. They didn’t want him trying to compensate for the injury and then tweaking something else.
“If it was regular season, I’d be in there,” Damon said. “But it’s not, so …”
Damon is listed on the travel roster going to Clearwater for Thursday’s game against the Phillies, so we’ll see if it’s a lingering concern.
Magglio Ordonez is also out of the lineup. He had a muscle tweak behind his left knee that he suffered in the outfield yesterday against the Nationals. Like Damon, Magglio said he’d be playing if it was regular season.
You’ll also note that Scott Sizemore is back in the lineup after being scratched yesterday in Viera with a sore ankle. Also notable is Jeff Larish’s start at third base.
- Jackson, CF
- Raburn, RF
- Strieby, 1B
- Cabrera, DH
- Guillen, LF
- Laird, C
- Larish, 3B
- Sizemore, 2B
- Everett, SS