Yan­kees’ Mat­sui Could Be Side­lined for Week

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

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

BY JOHN KUNTZ — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Snow­storms in Cleve­land have pre­vented the In­di­ans and Mariners from com­plet­ing a game. They’ll play two to­day.

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