White Plains, NY
by Chris Lima
River Avenue News

According to multiple sources, the New York Yankees might be able to find a little boost courtesy of some players making their way back from the disabled list.

As early as tomorrow, Yankee skipper Joe Girardi has hinted that injured outfielder Hideki Matsui may return to the lineup: (from MLB.com)

Matsui had 15 simulated at-bats on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., getting his early work in after playing in three games for the Class A Tampa Yankees.

With his left knee showing no signs of swelling, the Yankees are optimistic that Matsui -- out since June 22 with inflammation -- may be able to rejoin the big league club as it opens a six-game road trip on Tuesday at Toronto.

"It's a big bat to get back in the lineup," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Hideki has obviously been an integral part of this lineup the last four or five years. He'll be a welcome addition."

Matsui had 11 at-bats against right-handed pitching on Sunday and four against left-handers. He has logged eight total at-bats in game action for Tampa, stroking two hits -- including a home run -- and walking twice.

The Yankees have also hinted that a Saturday call-up may bring either Philip Hughes or Carl Pavano to help the back end of their rotation.

Hughes has been having mixed results while pitching for Scranton, recovering from a stress fracture in his rib cage. Pavano, finalizing the last year of his four year mega million bust deal, looks to salvage any shred of dignity he may have left.

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