The Yankees have just handed out new lineups for tonight with Derek Jeter no longer hitting leadoff. There’s no further word on what happened, and the Yankees clubhouse is closed since the team is working out. Just speculation, but there has been a bad cold going around the Yankees clubhouse – it hit Tony Pena, Dave Eiland and Joe Girardi (to a lesser degree) – so perhaps Jeter picked up the bug. As soon as we hear something I’ll update the post.
Here’s the new lineup:
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Yankees just announced that Jeter is out with the flu. Apparently the bug is picking up steam.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Yankees trainers sent Jeter home so he wouldn’t pass on his illness to anyone else, and Girardi said he hopes Jeter will play Saturday. For those wondering, here’s the travel roster for tomorrow’s looooong bus ride to Viera to play the Nationals:
Pitchers: Pettitte, Garcia, Logan, Mitre, Mitchell, Segovia
Catchers: Cervelli, Gil, Montero, Pilittere, Rivera
Infielders: Cano, Corona, Nick Johnson, Laird, Miranda, Nunez, Pena, Russo, Vazquez
Outfielders: Gardner, Curtis, Gorecki, Granderson, Hoffmann, Weber, Winfree, Winn
The bus is supposed to leave at 7:45 a.m. and Girardi said that, with an awful forecast for the east side of Florida, the Yankees expect to hear from the Nationals by 7:30 a.m. if the game will be played. If it isn’t, Pettitte will probably throw a simulated game in Tampa or the Yankees may play an intra-squad game.
In other news, Girardi said that he has encouraged Francisco Cervelli to consider wearing the extra-padded batting helmet that David Wright tried at one point last year. Also, Hal Steinbrenner was in the house today for meetings but Girardi said that wasn’t uncommon.
Here’s Girardi’s audio: