Damon has been bothered from time to time this year with a variety of aches, including a shoulder that he bruised by crashing into the Green Monster on Saturday at Fenway Park. But Damon said that he can play through the discomfort, and furthermore, is somewhat fearful of what any examinations might show.
"I kind of don't want to get tests done, because the only thing that we can learn from that is that there's something wrong," Damon said. "If there's something wrong, then they'll shut me down, and I don't want that. I want to play."
Damon was held out of the Yankees' lineup on Sunday at Boston, but he came off the bench and pinch-hit in the ninth inning against Takashi Saito, flying out to right field for the final out of the game.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had no concerns in putting Damon back in the lineup Monday, as the club opened a three-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park.
"He said he felt the same today, and we got a lot of treatment in," Girardi said. "I looked at the swing he had last night, and it was pretty good, so you feel that he's able to play. ... He's a little sore, but I don't think it's abnormal to run into a wall and be sore. That's kind of the nature of the game. You're going to play banged up from time to time."
While his knees and a stiff back have also bothered him recently, Damon said that he needed to take days off in Spring Training to keep his shoulder in check. Oddly, Damon said that he believes his historically weak throwing arm may even be a little stronger despite the pain.
"It bothered me a little bit in the spring, but it was no big deal," Damon said. "I've figured it out. I had it in Kansas City -- it's something that keeps popping up. Today it's a little bruised and black and blue. The wall didn't help, but there was something going on before that."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less