Derek Jeter just met with us. He said he will continue to try to plead his case to not go on the DL, but that he understands that decisions have to be made.
“I’m hoping I don’t have to go,” Jeter said.
“It’s a little sore. It almost feels like I got hit by a pitch.”
Jeter said he had been feeling soreness for a few days.
“You play through the season, you have soreness all over the place,” Jeter said. “I thought it was normal soreness.”
He said he really felt it running off the field after the top of the fifth Monday and thought it was a charley horse. He tried to stretch it in the on-deck circle, then he felt it grab running to first on his flyout.
Girardi is concerned that Jeter will sit out, then immediately reinjure it and be lost for a longer period. That’s what happened with Alex Rodriguez last season. Girardi said Jeter could be out a week at the mininum. The Yankees may not be able to afford to wait because they have a six-game trip coming to the NL parks where there won’t be a DH in play and they will need to use their bench more often.
Whatever happens at 6 when there’s a big meeting with Dr. Chris Ahmad, 3,000 is on hold.
“I guess the timing wasn’t very good,” Jeter said. “It’s a little bit frustrating. But even if I wasn’t at this point, I’d still be frustrated. I don’t like not to play. Whether it’s going for 3,000 hits or 100 hits, it really doesn’t make a difference to me. I’d rather be out there playing. I’m disappointed because I know a lot of people were looking forward to maybe getting an opportunity to see it, especially here this week. I feel bad for that. But hopefully in time that day will come.”
The Yankees will be down two starters. Russell Martin is available in an emergency, according to Girardi. Martin still has the lower back stiffness suffered while lifting weights last week. Girardi said that if he needed a catcher behind Francisco Cervelli, he would still go to Martin over Jorge Posada. Martin said he thinks he will be good to go in a few days.
Ramiro Pena will be activated tonight. Either Jeter will go on the DL or a pitcher will be sent down.
The options for Thursday night’s start vs. Texas are down to Hector Noesi and Triple-A righty David Phelps.
Also, Adrian Gonzalez has overtaken Mark Teixeira at first base in the latest All-Star voting.