NEW YORK -- Johnny Damon did not start Thursday night due to swelling in his left hand, incurred when he got hit by a pitch in Wednesday afternoon's game against the Twins.
"It's swollen," Damon said. "It actually doesn't feel painful. It's just swollen. And the problem is it's just weak. Like trying to open a water bottle. Open a door or something. That's where I feel the pain. Get [Evan Longoria] off his feet [as the DH on Thursday] and hopefully I'll be back by Saturday. We did X-rays yesterday."
Damon, who has an unusual batting style that sees him whip the bat with his right hand, said that returning will be easier because of that fact. But he held up his swollen hand and explained.
"The whole thing is, if I play, I could have a setback," he said. "If the blood gets going up [in the hand], I'm in trouble. ... It will be trouble moving."
Damon said he would be ready to pinch-run Thursday night, if needed. Rays manager Joe Maddon said there is a chance Damon could play Friday night.
Forearm strain sends Davis to disabled list
NEW YORK -- Wade Davis was put on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain on Thursday, and right-hander Brandon Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Durham.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Davis' problem dates back to his last two or three starts, and it prevented him from throwing his slider.
"Did the MRI stuff, nothing serious," Maddon said. "We feel pretty good about it, actually, but there is a strain there of some sort. So we thought it was best to DL him right now."
Davis, 25, is 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA, and started Wednesday at Minnesota, allowing three earned runs in five innings pitched. He is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in his last five starts.
With the All-Star break coming, Maddon speculated that Davis would miss two starts, at the most. He also said Alex Cobb was a pretty good candidate to fill the void, since the right-hander has done well in limited duty for the Rays this season.
"I don't think it's going to be prolonged," Maddon said of Davis' injury. "I think it's going to be a minimal thing, regarding time. But we thought this was the right thing to do right now."
Gomes, 26, started the season at Durham, and was recalled by the Rays on May 3, appearing in 10 games and posting a 3.09 ERA before being optioned back to Triple-A on May 30. Since returning to Durham, he has posted a 0.75 ERA, with 18 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched over nine appearances.
Gomes has been "throwing really well," Maddon said. "When he was up here last time, I thought he did a really good job."
Gomes received a wake-up call from Charlie Montoyo at approximately 9 a.m. ET Thursday, and the Durham manager informed him he had a noon flight to New York to join the team for Thursday night's game.
"I've worked on some of the things we talked about up here before I left," Gomes said. "I had a lot of confidence going back down. I was fairly happy with the way I threw up here. ... I was ready to improve on what I did up here and hopefully get back up here at some point."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.