Derek Jeter coming out of a game? Mark Teixeira knew it wasn’t good.
“You hate to see it, especially Derek,” Teixeira said after the Yankees lost 1-0 to close this Cleveland series. “He’s not one to come out of the game unless it’s something serious.”
Just six hits short of 3,000, just three games left on the homestand. Joe Girardi wasn’t counting on a miracle comeback for tonight against Texas.
“It’s unfortunate because the fans here were really looking forward to him getting 3,000 at home,” Teixeira said. “We were all, too.”
It could be known later today whether Jeter has to go on the DL with the Grade 1 calf strain suffered running out of the box on his fifth-inning flyout, according to Girardi. Alex Rodriguez had to go on the DL with a calf strain last season.
“It’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “You hoped that he could’ve did it on the homestand. But for our team, it’s frustrating. He’s our leadoff guy. He’s pretty sore.”
The Yankees could be playing two men short if there are no moves. Russell Martin’s status is iffy as well. He returned Sunday after missing four games, but he was scratched after batting practice Monday due to the same lower back stiffness. Girardi said it didn’t look like he had the rotation he needed.
“We’ll wait and make sure that his BP is normal before we put him back out there,” Girardi said.
A.J. Burnett had his curveball and change, and he allowed just one run, five hits and one walk while fanning eight over 7 2/3.
“It’s a shame we wasted a great start like that,” Brett Gardner said.
Carlos Carrasco had a great one, too, allowing five hits and three walks while fanning seven over seven. He did become the 807th pitcher to give up a hit to Jeter — that first-inning single.
Jorge Posada had a single in four trips, extending his hitting streak to a season-high seven games.
Tonight’s pitching matchup features CC Sabathia vs. Alexi Ogando, who’s 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA.