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Damon says he's interested in returning to Yanks

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Johnny Damon wants the Yankees to know that if they're willing to look at another option for their vacancy in left field, he's ready to pick up the phone and head to Spring Training.

Damon told ESPN Radio's Michael Kay on Monday that he is available to try the pinstripes back on in the wake of Curtis Granderson's right forearm fracture, which is expected to keep Granderson out of action until May.

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"You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York," Damon told ESPN 98.7 FM. "I just don't think they would be interested. I'm not exactly sure what happened over the years or something, but they've had plenty of opportunities, and I kept raising my hand wanting to go back. Hopefully this will be a perfect fit; it always had been. Have me for six weeks and send me off my merry way, that's fine."

Asked about the possibility of bringing Damon to camp, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, "We will focus on what we have at this time."

Damon, 39, said that he would be willing to play for the league minimum and that he would need about three to four weeks to be Major League-ready.

"Money is not an issue," Damon said. "I've made plenty and I understand that I don't have a job right now. I'll go in and I just want to play. You can give me the minimum. That's all I care about, that chance to be in the big leagues. Shoot, the New York Yankees, I loved my time there and I know a bunch of the players loved my time there. It's just a matter of if they want me."

Damon played with the Yankees from 2006-09 before moving on to the Tigers, Rays and Indians. The owner of 2,769 big league hits, Damon batted .222 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 64 games for Cleveland last season.

"I just know the last time I played for them, we won the World Series, so I would think everyone would be happy," Damon said. "But I guess with the lack of negotiations when I was a free agent -- I don't really know what happened. I don't really know why I wasn't back there."

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