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Damon receives cortisone shot

Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon received a cortisone injection last night, his second injection since injuring his left shoulder on September 4.

“I knew I needed to get another shot,” said Damon. “It was a little soon to get another shot, but it was the perfect day for it with Kazmir pitching and a day off tomorrow.” Damon received the first cortisone shot in his left shoulder on September 9 after a game against New York at Yankee Stadium.

Damon’s understanding is that you can get three cortisone injections in one year. He revealed today that he had one other cortisone injection in his right shoulder in the wake of injuring his rotator cuff on a diving catch of an Orlando Cabrera liner back on June 4 against the Angels. Damon will not be having any more injections this year.

The players who would generally bat leadoff, Tony Graffanino, Gabe Kapler, and Kevin Youkilis are all injured, so Bill Mueller finds himself in that slot tonight for the first time this year. Mueller becomes the Red Sox ninth leadoff man this season joining Damon, Graffanino, Mark Bellhorn, Youkilis, Trot Nixon, Jay Payton, Kapler, and Alex Cora.

Red Sox pitcher David Wells also had a cortisone injection last night in his right knee. This was done so that the timing would be best for him to make his Sunday start in Baltimore.

Tonight’s Red Sox lineup:

1. Bill Mueller, 3B

2. Edgar Renteria, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Manny Ramirez, LF

5. Kevin Millar, 1B

6. Doug Mirabelli, C

7. Trot Nixon, RF

8. Adam Hyzdu, CF

9. Alex Cora, 2B

Tim Wakefield, P

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