Yankees’ Matsui Could Be Sidelined for Week
Hideki Matsui strained his left hamstring during the Yankees’ 10-7 win over Baltimore yesterday and could be sidelined until next weekend.
Matsui was hurt running out a squibber in the second inning on a 39-degree day, then was pinch-hit for in the fourth by Miguel Cairo. With the Yankees headed to Minnesota for a three-game series that starts tomorrow, Manager Joe Torre said the left fielder might not play until the start of a series in Oakland on Friday.
“Hopefully, it’s only a few days,” Torre said. “It’s not a full-blown hamstring, but again, it’s something you have to keep an eye on.”
After playing in 1,768 consecutive games with the Yomiuri Giants (1,250) and the Yankees (518), Matsui was sidelined from May 11 to Sept. 12 last year with a broken left wrist. He said he would wait to hear his prognosis from the team’s medical staff today.
Cairo took over for Matsui in left field in the fifth inning — just his fifth outfield appearance since 2003. Johnny Damon, still recovering from a strained right calf, pinch-hit for Cairo in the eighth and went to center field, with Melky Cabrera shifting to left.
Bobby Abreu, the right fielder, was hit on the inside of a knee by a pitch in the ninth. Torre expected Abreu to play in today’s series finale. K TWO FOR ONE: A holiday weekend snowstorm and a forecast for more snow caused the postponement of yesterday’s day-night doubleheader between the Indians and Mariners.
The doubleheader had been scheduled after Friday’s home opener at Jacobs Field was postponed following 2 hours 53 minutes of delays. The teams played four innings in blustery and brutally cold weather before the game was finally called.
“The umpire was doing his job,” Indians GM Mark Shapiro said of the decision to end the game. “We certainly were at the point where we were putting players at risk.”
One of yesterday’s games will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader today, beginning at 1:05 p.m. Fans will be able to see both games — with a 20-minute break in between — for the price of one. K CATCHING UP: Mark Buehrle’s lower left arm was sore and his hand swollen, but it didn’t keep the White Sox’ left-hander from venturing into the cold to play some catch at U.S. Cellular Field.
Buehrle was hit in the left forearm by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Ryan Garko on Thursday, forcing him out of the game in the second inning. X-rays were negative and a bruise was diagnosed.
Buehrle, hoping to rebound from a sub-par second half last season, wants to make his next on Wednesday in Oakland. K BACK-TO-BACK OUTINGS: Rangers closer Eric Gagne threw 17 pitches in another minor league game, the first time in nearly two years the former Cy Young Award winner pitched in games on consecutive days.
Starting for Class AA Frisco for the second night in a row, Gagne faced five Arkansas batters and threw 12 strikes while throwing mostly offspeed pitches. He allowed a solo home run and a single.
— From News Services
Snowstorms in Cleveland have prevented the Indians and Mariners from completing a game. They’ll play two today.