* It sounds like Derek Jeter is done as his left hand was bothering him during his two at-bats. Joe Girardi said Jeter would sit on Saturday. Asked whether he could play Sunday, Jeter didn’t seem optimistic. At this point, he might as well shut it down.
* Andy Pettitte said the MRI gave him some peace of mind. He also revealed that his shoulder injury was an inflamed rotator cuff. “I tried to pitch through it and it got worse,” he said. “But the doc said it would clear up once I rested.”
* Bobby Abreu was thrilled to get to 100 RBI. “It’s good, to do that for six straight years,” he said. “That’s what I wanted out of this game.” Abreu said he has enjoyed his time with the Yankees and hoped he could stay with the team.
ESPN’s Buster Olney believes the Yankees will offer Abreu arbitration. If he takes it, great. They get a productive player (even at a high salary) for one year. If he leaves, they get the draft pick. My guess: He signs a three-year deal with the Mets for $48 million.
* Girardi is pretty excited by what they’re seeing out of Brett Gardner. He’s keeping the ball out of the air, which is what they’ve been preaching to him,
* Daisuke Matsuzaka will pitch for Boston today against Ponson. Wakefield against Mussina on Sunday.
Don Mattingly has a company that produces baseball equipment including an innovative bat. Skip Shaw, the President of Mattingly Baseball appeared on Blog Talk Radio to discuss the venture.
Skip is a great baseball fan and a friend of this blog, so give a listen.