Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays’ Damon: Bruised finger “very sore”
Posted Apr 17, 2011 by Tribune Sports
Updated Apr 17, 2011 at 05:53 PM
By TONY FABRIZIO
ST. PETERSBURG Rays DH-left fielder Johnny Damon said the bruise on the tip of his left ring finger that caused him to leave today’s game against the Twins is “very sore,” and he isn’t sure whether he’ll miss any of the four-game series with Chicago that starts Monday.
He was wearing a splint after a 4-2 loss at Tropicana Field that ended Tampa Bay’s winning streak at five games. The Rays said an X-ray of Damon’s finger showed a bruise.
“It’s real tough to squeeze anything right now,” Damon said. “Hopefully, I will be ready to go as soon as possible. That’s about all we know right now until probably tomorrow.”
Damon, who had driven in the game-winning run in five consecutive games, was trying to bunt with runners at first and third in the third inning. Brian Duensing’s first pitch hit Damon’s hand and fouled off another part of his body before rolling toward the pitcher’s mound. After a conference at home plate, Damon stepped back into the batter’s box and punched an RBI single up the middle.
He came out after the fourth inning.
“I wanted to try to tough out the game, but they thought it was best if I came in and started icing and tried to get it ready fo tomrorow,” Damon said. “At this point, I can’t guarantee anything, whether or not I’ll be in there tomorrow. ... It’s just unfortunate that our streak came to an end. But hopefully we can start another one tomorrow.”