Saturday, February 24, 2007
For personal reasons, Damon will miss time in camp
TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon is
expected to miss at least a few days of spring training for
"I think it's going to be some time," manager Joe Torre said
Saturday. "A few days or something. He has some personal things he
has to attend to, and we just gave him that ability."
Damon was given permission to leave camp after talking with
Torre and general manager Brian Cashman following Friday's workout.
"He spoke to Joe and me about it, so obviously he's not in camp
with permission," Cashman said. "When he returns, he'll be able
to talk about it to whatever degree he wants to."
Damon, slowed by a sore shoulder and a broken bone in his foot
last season, hit .285 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs in 149 games.