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Johnny Damon playing through hairline fracture in finger tip

Apr 22, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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Johnny Damon missed three games after being hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday and revealed today that he has a hairline fracture in the tip of his left ring finger.

Damon played last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, and is back in the lineup tonight against the Blue Jays, telling Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he plans to play through the injury:

The break is at the tip, that’s why I’m able to play. If it was further down I wouldn’t be able to move it. Right now it’s super numb. I can actually squeeze, which is good, without putting too much pressure on it.

Manny Ramirez’s retirement leaves the designated hitter spot open for Damon to play full time and not having to play left field should help him deal with the injury (and help the Rays’ defense too). Damon is hoping the injury heals up in about a month.

  1. cur68 - Apr 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Rays v Jays in Toronto on my liddle TV, right now. Damon looks like he can still hit ok. I’da thought that broke finger would have held him up a bit with the stick, but not so much. Tampa Bay is suddenly a better team with Damon on the bench. Their right field defense has actually kept runs off the board so far. Damon should stick with DH.

    Meanwhile, Jose Buatista has suddenly decided to camp over the change up and is a single away from hitting for the cycle against the Rays. He’s on a better pace with the homers this year than last and is hitting for average, too.

    • cur68 - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:39 PM

      Ahhh crap. Joel Peralta pitched around Buatista; a 4 pitch, every-piece-a-junk-he-had, lead off walk. What kind of fun is that?

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        …and then John McDonald (of all people) hits the walk off 2 run homer against a guy who’s 6 foot 8 and got to throw exactly 3 pitches to lose the game in the 12th. Jays win, yeah baby.

  2. captnkidd16 - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    He is simply a terrific player

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