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Damon hopes to hit off tee Friday, return to Yanks next week

Updated: July 16, 2008, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon could hit off a tee on Friday and hopes to rejoin the team by late next week.

Damon is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder, which was hurt when the outfielder ran into the fence attempting to catch a ball on July 4. He underwent treatment only Wednesday at the Yankees' minor league complex.

"Friday could be a big day," Damon said. "It feels a lot better today. It feels much better not doing the drills."

Damon, ...

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