Apparently there was some momentary concern that Derek Jeter had injured either his wrist or his hand during tonight’s game. I think most everyone not watching the game on television was oblivious, including Joe Girardi.
He had no idea there was an issue until the announcers brought it up during his in-game interview.
“I didn’t know about it until they said it in the fifth inning,” Girardi said. “I didn’t notice. He got a hit after that.”
Girardi said Jeter is fine.
“He’ll play tomorrow,” Girardi said.
Here’s the pregame audio from Girardi. It’s a lot better than the two-minute postgame session.
• Nice debut from Chan Ho Park, who pitched a hitless fifth inning. “His outing was so short I forgot he even pitched,” Girardi said. “Eight pitches. And that’s the way he’s looked on the side, his live BPs, his simulated (games), he’s looked like that the whole time he’s been here.”
• Boone Logan struck out the only batter he faced — who happened to be a guy named Carl Crawford — as he continues to make a strong case to be a second lefty in the bullpen. “He’s a guy that we thought highly enough to want to get him in the trade,” Girardi said. “I saw him in Chicago as a broadcaster and liked his arm. We’ve asked him to make some minor adjustments and he’s worked hard at it and he’s thrown the ball pretty decent.”
• Javier Vazquez got through just three innings on 60 pitches and said he was surprised when pitching coach Dave Eiland told him he was at his limit. “I told Dave after I came out that I actually felt like I could keep going,” Vazquez said. “I knew that I wasn’t (staying in the game), but I felt pretty good today.”
• Colin Curtis (that’s him in the AP photo on the right) hit another big home run this spring. I don’t think he can make this team, but he can make an impression.
• Aside from Romulo Sanchez’s wildness in the fourth inning, Girardi said he was impressed by all of his pitchers. Mark Melancon allowed a run, but allowed only one hard-hit ball through two innings. That one hard-hit ball happened to be a lead-off triple.
• Nick Swisher now has a six-game hitting streak.
• Ryan Pope has been added to the travel squad for tomorrow.
• That’s what you get, Zech Zinicola! The pitcher who hit Francisco Cervelli in the head this spring was a Rule 5 pick, and he was returned the Nationals today.