Brian Heyman here for Chad today at Yankee Stadium. Much of the pregame talk revolved around Derek Jeter. Joe Girardi didn’t have a lineup ready to announce when he met the media at 4:10. He had to check on the status of Jeter’s left ankle. The lineup came out about an hour later and The Captain was in, but he’s serving as the designated hitter for the second straight game.
Girardi said Jeter’s status will be a day-to -ay thing as far as being at short or being the DH.
“If I had a 10-game lead, I’d probably give him some days off,” Girardi said. “But I’m not sure that would take care of it.”
Because if he lands on it the wrong way, he could aggravate it like he did Wednesday night in Boston. Could this bone bruise be a chronic thing that won’t fully heal until offseason rest? Girardi said he hasn’t been told that.
“But in my mind, that’s what I believe,” Girardi said, adding it could improve or it “could take a while.”
Jeter, predictably, shed no light. Talking about injuries isn’t his thing, especially when he feels he’s good enough to play.
“This is not an issue,” he said.
Jeter does feel he’s well enough to play short.
“I felt I could play the field when he took me out,” Jeter said, referring to Girardi’s move on Wednesday in the eighth inning after that lunge trying to beat out a double-play ball led to him leaving the game.
Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte threw from the main mound and did drills.
“Everything is a good for Tuesday,” Girardi said.
CC Sabathia takes the ball tonight after going 0-2 with a no-decision and turning over leads in his last three starts. He was down a bit on velocity in the last one, averaging about 92 on the fastball. Girardi said it could be for a number of reasons, including all “the innings he’s logged in his life.”