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Damon rejoins Yanks after tending to personal issue

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon rejoined
the team Monday after a two-day excused absence to tend to a
personal matter.

Damon spent the weekend at home with his family in the Orlando
area. He didn't discuss specifics, but said the issue has been
resolved. He said it did not involve his father or infant daughter,
who was born in January.

"Everything is great," he said. "Fortunately a little
personal matter that I had take to care of was in February and not
in June or July or anytime during the season. I feel a lot better
today than a couple days ago. Something was worrying me and I took
care of it. It's a non-issue now."

Damon received permission to leave after talking with general
manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Torre following Friday's
workout.

"I am a better and stronger person today and I believe those
two days were key to me," Damon said. "It's time to get ready to
play baseball. My mind is clear. It's all about baseball now."