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Fri, 07/30/2010 - 11:10pm  

Hurting Damon apologizes to Fenway crowd

The last thing Johnny Damon wanted to do was miss his return to Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Detroit Tigers. But the outfielder, who starred on the 2004 World Series champions, had to pull himself out of the starting lineup before Friday's series opener with sharp pain due to spasms in the middle of his back. 

 

Damon's injury is just the latest to hamper the Tigers lineup as Brandon Inge is out with fracture in his left hand, Carlos Guillen is out with a right calf strain and Magglio Ordonez is out with a fractured right ankle. Inge, Guillen and Ordonez are all on the disabled list. Starter Armando Galarraga had to leave Friday's game one out shy of a win when Kevin Youkilis drilled a liner off his right ankle. 

 

"I tried doing everything I could to get ready for this game," Damon said after Detroit's 6-5 win. "I know we're very shorthanded. I wanted to come out and play in front of the Fenway crowd without wearing that Yankee uniform. But that looks like it's going to have to wait.

 

"I'm not sure how long this [injury will take to recover]. You could say it came out of the blue. I felt it before the game in Tampa [Thursday]. I didn't really think much of it after the game [Thursday] but when I started moving around today, I was in considerable pain."




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