Yankees rookie Duncan day-to-day with small hernia, bone bruise in pelvis

Updated: September 12, 2007, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan underwent an MRI exam in New York on Wednesday that revealed a bone bruise in his left pelvis and a small hernia.

Duncan flew back to Toronto following the exam and was expected to rejoin the Yankees during Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. He is listed as day-to-day.

"That was the best news we could possibly get on him," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "I know he was concerned when he left here [Tuesday] night."

Duncan has been bothered by lower abdominal discomfort for the past month, an injury that dates back to a hard slide he made in a game at Toronto on Aug. 7, when he collided with shortstop John McDonald while breaking up a double play.

The 27-year-old rookie, the son of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan, has just one hit in his past 12 at-bats and has not homered since Aug. 15 against Baltimore.

A second-round pick in the 2001 draft, Duncan is batting .259 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 26 games since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 20.

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