Johnny Damon: If the Yankees call me, I’ll play for them
Could the New York Yankees look to their past to solve their present problem of outfield depth in the wake of Curtis Granderson’s injury?
Former Yankees star Johnny Damon said that if the team came calling, he would answer.
“I don’t expect to hear from them,” Damon told the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand. “If they call, if they want me, I’ll go. They are one of the only teams I would do that for. We’ll see what happens in the future. If someone calls, I could definitely get ready.”
Granderson broke his arm on his first at-bat of spring training Sunday after being hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ. He is expected to miss 10 weeks.
The Yankees have little outfield depth and few reliable options to replace Granderson’s production. The 39-year-old Damon played with the Yankees from 2006-09, winning a World Series in his final year with the club.
The Yankees toyed with the idea of bringing back Damon last season before deciding to sign Raul Ibanez. Damon went on to play with the Cleveland Indians, where he hit just .222 with a .610 OPS in 64 games. He was released in August. Damon had a solid 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, when he hit .261 with 17 homers and a .744 OPS.
“I can still hit,” Damon said. “I still know I’m better than 70-80 percent of the guys out there. I know if I played every day, I’d be really good.”