Joe Girardi’s plan is for Derek Jeter to play shortstop in today’s second game, but Jeter’s going to have to prove he can do it.
“He’ll go out and do some work in between games and if he can play short, he’ll play short,” Girardi said. “If not then I’ll make a decision whether we DH him.”
If he can play the field, it will be Jeter’s first time in the field since aggravating his bruised left ankle while trying to beat out a double play in Boston on Saturday.
“Is it worse than before that incident? We’re going to find out today,” Girardi said. “If it is, he won’t be at shortstop. Our thought is, I saw him yesterday and he said he felt a lot better, so I’m hoping even another night helped it even more, but we’ll watch him go through some drills.”
• If Ricky Romero were starting the first game of today’s doubleheader, then Jeter would have been in the lineup for the first game. Girardi wants him in the lineup against the lefty.
• To make room on the 40-man for Andy Pettitte, the Yankees put Dellin Betances on the 60-day disabled list. To do that, the Yankees technically had to call-up Betances and activate him on the big league roster, then place him on the DL. A player can’t be placed on the 60-day if he’s not technically on the Major League roster.
• Brett Gardner has not been activated and Girardi said he doesn’t expect Gardner to be activated today. “We’re going to make sure he’s ready,” Girardi said. “And we have some other issues we have to work out.” In other words, they still have to decide how to open a 40-man spot for him.
• Pettitte will make his rotation return a day later tan expected. “For some young guys it’s probably more difficult (to wait),” Girardi said. “I’m sure it was a little difficult, but I don’t worry about the way he’s handled it.”
• Interesting note from the New York Post: The Yankees have cut ties with pitching guru Billy Connors, who’s had several roles within the organization and most recently served as a pitching coach for players on rehab.
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