From today's New York Post:
Late in the evening, Torre said Damon will start in center field today against the Rockies at spacious Coors Field when the Yankees try to halt a two-game losing streak.Johnny Damon is 20-64 with four home runs and 12 RBIs against today's starter Rodrigo Lopez, so I can sort of understand Joe Torre's rationale.
"If he has a physical problem [today] we will have to go get him," Torre said of Damon, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth in last night's 6-1 loss.
Damon, who is leaving the DL issue up to Yankee officials, took batting practice on the field and informed Torre he was feeling better.
Nevertheless, before batting practice, Torre said he was concerned about Damon's health.
"If this keeps popping up and keeps him from doing his work [the DL] is something we have to seriously talk about," Torre said of shelving his leadoff hitter who hasn't started since Sunday night against the Mets when he was the DH. "We have to look into this and will take the next couple of days to investigate" (source)
However, center field is rather spacious in Coors Field and Roger Clemens is a fly ball pitcher. For someone whose "ribs are shot," I don't know how great of an idea this is.