An MRI of Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon’s left shoulder Tuesday showed no structural damage.

Damon didn’t play in Boston’s 6-5 win in 11 innings over Toronto on Monday night. He has been playing with discomfort since injuring the shoulder on a slide against Baltimore on Sept. 4.

“The report was as good as it could be,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “Structurally there is no damage. I think he bruised that area. He’s got some swelling.”

Francona said Damon will remain in Boston for treatment while the Red Sox finish their Toronto road trip. Boston returns home to play Oakland on Thursday.

“Even if he can’t (play) the news is good. He’s going to be OK,” Francona said. “We just have to let it settle down.”

Damon got a cortisone shot after Friday night’s game in New York, sat out Saturday and was Boston’s designated hitter on Sunday. He is second in the AL in batting average (.321) and fifth in runs scored.

Gabe Kapler started in center field for the Red Sox and batted ninth on Tuesday night. Second baseman Tony Graffanino moved up to the leadoff spot.

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