"I like the idea of John after four days' rest being kind of frisky right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "Here's a guy that has a tendency to do well in big moments. So let's put him in a more fruitful potential moment where he has a chance to drive in some runs."
Damon hit in the fifth spot Friday night behind Ben Zobrist.
"I like the idea of John hitting behind [Zobrist] and possibly fulfilling a different role," Maddon said, "because I know he's been there before and he's always been good in big games -- and I like him."