Hit in the left wrist by a bad hop in the ninth inning, Jeter was in obvious discomfort on the field — he took his glove off and kept shaking his hand — but he said all the things you’d expect in the clubhouse: He’s fine, it’s no problem and there’s nothing to be worried about.
“Hopefully it’s not a big deal, and he’ll be okay tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “But I’ll have to see.”
Out since mid-April because of a strained right elbow, Gardner will fly to Tampa on Thursday and hopes to begin swinging a bat as soon as he gets down there. He was checked by the doctor today and will go for an MRI either Tuesday or Wednesday just to make sure muscle is fine.
“I’m anxious,” Gardner said. “But I’m just kind of taking the mindset with this thing that I’ve got to patient with it and let it heal. If it’s three or four more days or two or three more weeks. Hopefully sometime this week I’ll be swinging a bat, by the middle or end of the week. I had that little setback and it kind of made me realize I’ve got to be patient with it and let it heal in its own time.”
After pinch hitting today, Teixeira fully expects to play tomorrow (Girardi said he will). For the past three days, Teixeira has been held out of the lineup to give himself a fighting chance against this lingering cough. His voice was still quiet and raspy after today’s game.
“Not 100 percent, obviously, but I think it did some good and I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow,” Teixeira said. “I think at this point we know we’re going to have to deal with it for a little while. The days off definitely helped, and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow, but I’m just going to have to play through a little discomfort for a while.”