Matsui was hurt running out a squibber in the second inning on a
39-degree day, then was pinched hit for in the fourth by Miguel
Cairo. With the Yankees headed to Minnesota for a three-game series
that starts Monday, Yankees manager Joe Torre said the left fielder
might not play until the start of a series in Oakland on Friday.
"Hopefully, it's only a few days," Torre said. "It's not a
full-blown hamstring, but again, it's something you have to keep an
After playing in 1,768 consecutive games with the Yomiuri Giants
(1,250) and the Yankees (518), Matsui was sidelined from May 11 to
Sept. 12 last year with a broken left wrist. He said he would wait
to hear his prognosis from the team's medical staff on Sunday.
Cairo took over from Matsui in left field in the fifth inning --
just his fifth outfield appearance since 2003. Johnny Damon, still
recovering from a strained right calf, pinch hit for Cairo in the
eighth and went to center field, with Melky Cabrera shifting to
Bobby Abreu, the right fielder, was hit on the inside of a knee
by a pitch in the ninth. Torre expected Abreu to play in Sunday's
"He'll get ice and stuff to keep the swelling down," Torre
said. "Hopefully, that's all it is."
New York doesn't have many outfield alternatives.
"We're thin right now," Torre said. "The only way we can get
some help is to sacrifice a pitcher or put somebody on the DL, and
we're not really prepared to do either one of those things right