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Monday, February 26, 2007
Torre: Abreu injury doesn't open door for Bernie

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu is expected to miss at least two weeks after straining his right oblique during batting practice Monday, an injury manager Joe Torre said won't cause the team to make a new push for Bernie Williams to report.

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Torre said Abreu will be ready for Opening Day.

"He didn't feel anything until he was hitting," Torre said. "It's just one of those things. I guess the good news is it's early. You can afford a couple weeks right now."

Abreu was scheduled to undergo tests Monday.

Torre said there are no plans to contact Williams, who rejected the Yankees' offer of a minor league contract and spring training invite.

"This is something that we're not looking at as long-term," Torre said of Abreu's injury. "When you're dealing with two weeks in spring training, you're certainly not going to throw up any flags."

After a telephone conversation during the first week of spring training Torre left two messages for Williams, but hasn't heard back.

It was first thought that Abreu would undergo additional tests, but Cashman said none were planned.

"It's just one of those things," Torre said. "I guess the good news is it's early. You can afford a couple weeks right now."