For personal reasons, Damon will miss time in camp

Updated: February 24, 2007, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon is expected to miss at least a few days of spring training for personal reasons.

Johnny Damon

"I think it's going to be some time," manager Joe Torre said Saturday. "A few days or something. He has some personal things he has to attend to, and we just gave him that ability."

Damon was given permission to leave camp after talking with Torre and general manager Brian Cashman following Friday's workout.

"He spoke to Joe and me about it, so obviously he's not in camp with permission," Cashman said. "When he returns, he'll be able to talk about it to whatever degree he wants to."

Damon, slowed by a sore shoulder and a broken bone in his foot last season, hit .285 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs in 149 games.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press