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Yankees' Sheffield Moves From DL to DH

Gary Sheffield, left, and Johnny Damon appear pleased that Sheffield is back after almost three weeks on the disabled list.
Gary Sheffield, left, and Johnny Damon appear pleased that Sheffield is back after almost three weeks on the disabled list. (By Elise Amendola -- Associated Press)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Yankees activated Gary Sheffield from the disabled list and put him in the lineup at designated hitter for last night's game against the Red Sox.

The team held off on the move and the lineup until after Sheffield tested his wrist in batting practice.

"He's certainly a threat. He helps everybody around him," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "Sheffield is a force in there and I think it helps the personality of the ballclub."

Sheffield went 0 for 3 with two walks and scored a run in New York's win over Boston.

RHP Colter Bean was designated for assignment to make room for Sheffield, who went on the DL on May 5 with a sprained left wrist and hand. His absence has become more glaring with the injuries to fellow OFs Johnny Damon , Hideki Matsui and Bubba Crosby .

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona had hoped to escape Sheffield but wasn't so lucky.

"I thought he should have rehabbed more," Francona joked before the game. "I'd hate to see him come back and get hurt."

Sheffield went 1 for 3 with an RBI during a minor league rehab game Monday night, singling on the first pitch he saw as the designated hitter for the Trenton Thunder in an Eastern League game against the New Britain Rock Cats. He also had a sacrifice fly, struck out swinging and hit into a fielder's choice.

· DETROIT'S YOUNG TO DL: The Tigers placed DH Dmitri Young on the 15-day disabled list and recalled 3B Jack Hannahan from Class AAA Toledo.

Young has an irritation of a strain in his right quadriceps. He is batting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBI.

Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said he had "no idea" when Young might begin working to rehabilitate the injury.

"You don't go on a rehab assignment until it gets better. It just keeps nagging him," Leyland said.

Leyland also declined to speculate on how long Young, who batted .271 with 21 home runs last year, might be out. The move was made retroactive to Monday.

"I've heard that story all my life -- he tweaked this," Leyland said. "Those tweaks turn into weeks is the best way to put it."

-- From News Services


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