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PostSubject: Damon remains out; DL stint possible   Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:50 pm

Damon remains out; DL stint possible
Valverde, Coke, Perry unavailable for series finale

By Jason Beck /

08/01/10 2:30 PM ET

BOSTON -- The news wasn't quite as bad on the Tigers' injury and roster fronts Sunday as it was Saturday, but it still wasn't good. It just went from terrible to bad.

Johnny Damon said Sunday morning that his back felt better than it did the day before, and he was going to try to take some swings in the batting cage and see how it felt. He hoped to maybe be available to hit at some point Sunday. Still, it wasn't anywhere near good enough to get into the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox.

With a day-night doubleheader coming up Tuesday to start a critical series against the American League Central-leading White Sox at Comerica Park, the Tigers have a decision to make on Damon. If there's serious doubt he could be ready to play Tuesday, the Tigers might have to ponder putting Damon on the 15-day disabled list. They could backdate the move and get him back sooner.

Manager Jim Leyland was already debating a DL move with infielder Danny Worth, who apparently was unavailable Saturday with a heel injury he suffered when he took a hard step onto first base Friday night. Worth said later he felt good and could play Sunday if they needed him.

Worth's injury meant Detroit had only one player available off the bench Sunday, and that was catcher Gerald Laird.

The bullpen was another battle of attrition, more from rest than injury. Jose Valverde, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry were all unavailable Sunday after their work earlier this weekend, leaving the Tigers with just four relievers. None of them own a Major League save.

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