ESPNews reports the New York Yankees placed outfielder Hideki Matsui (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, April 8.
Matsui had strained his left hamstring in the previous day's game, which was played in cold-weather conditions. An MRI exam revealed a small amount of blood near the injury. The team believes the injury will take about 15 days to heal properly, which will further test the team's outfield depth; outfielder Johnny Damon (calf) is recuperating from an injury of his own and has been limited to late-innings appearances recently.
Matsui had been an iron man for most of his career, playing in 1,768 consecutive games with the Yomiuri Giants and Yankees before missing a big chunk of the 2006 season with a broken left wrist. The veteran was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with three RBI in four games at the time of his current injury.
Infielder Miguel Cairo filled in for Matsui in left field during the April 7 game, marking just his fifth appearance in the outfield since 2003. The team used both Cairo and outfielder Melky Cabrera in left field in the April 8 game. The Yankees will recall outfielder Kevin Thompson from Triple-A Scranton to fill the empty roster spot.
Matsui owners should place Matsui in a DL spot, if available, and look to acquire a temporary replacement. Neither Cairo nor Thompson has any fantasy value. Cairo has never been a great fantasy option to begin with, while Thompson has produced sporadic results over seven minor league seasons and part of one major league season. Other potential pickups include New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart. After a poor spring, Green has begun 2007 with a bang, going 8-for-20 with three RBI. He could be a solid short-term option because he plays in a stacked lineup, much like Matsui does. Hart, 25, has gotten off to a slow start (3-for-16, one home run and one steal), but he has more upside. The Brewers' offense in general has been a bit slow, but when it picks up, Hart should be in the middle of it.
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