Cabrera to start series opener against Oakland

Updated: May 12, 2006, 8:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are not planning to make any moves at the moment in the wake of left fielder Hideki Matsui breaking his left wrist in Thursday night's loss to the Red Sox.

Tonight's Yankees Starting Lineup
Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Bernie Williams RF
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Andy Phillips 1B
Melky Cabrera LF

Matsui underwent surgery Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Yankees manager Joe Torre estimated Matsui, whose consecutive-games streak ended at 518, will be sidelined about three months.

"He's like the Rock of Gibraltar," Torre said. "You don't even think about anything that's going to keep him down."

General manager Brian Cashman said Friday the Yankees will go with their young players and monitor the progress of recently recalled outfield prospect Melky Cabrera.

In New York's series opener against the A's tonight, Bernie Williams will start in right field and bat fifth and Cabrera, who's taken the roster spot of injured right fielder Gary Sheffield, will start in left and bat ninth. Outfielder Bubba Crosby, who played left field Thursday in Matsui's absence and took a home run away from Boston's Mike Lowell, also is an option.

After looking at Matsui's swollen wrist, New York center fielder Johnny Damon said it's possible Matsui might not play again until next season.

"Due to this injury, I feel very sorry and, at the same time, very disappointed to have let my teammates down," Matsui said in a statement. "I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again. I would like to thank Joe Torre from the bottom of my heart for having been considerate of my consecutive games played streak these past several years and for placing me in the lineup every day."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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