Knee pain keeps Floyd out of lineup

Knee pain keeps Floyd out of lineup

NEW YORK -- Cliff Floyd was a late scratch from the Rays' starting lineup for Monday night's series finale with the Yankees due to right knee soreness.

Floyd was scheduled to be the designated hitter and hit fifth in the lineup behind Carlos Pena. Jonny Gomes took Floyd's place as the DH and was put in the No. 7 spot in the lineup. Right fielder Eric Hinske and third baseman Willy Aybar moved up in the order to assume the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.

Floyd, 35, was signed on Dec. 17 by the Rays after spending the 2007 season with the Cubs. He was used as the DH in four of the Rays' first five games and hit safely in each game. He is hitting .333 with two home runs and five RBIs.

Floyd's status is day to day.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.