The Yankees sent Derek Jeter to see a doctor this afternoon. Manager Joe Girardi called it a precautionary measure after stiffness in his left ankle forced Jeter to be scratched from today’s lineup.
“We’ve got to find out what we’re dealing with and go from there,” Girardi said.
After today’s game, Girardi said he still hadn’t heard any sort of update.
“When you’re dealing with a rehab coming back from injury, you’re going to deal with some ups and downs,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. Very seldom to you ever come back from a rehab where it just goes completely smooth. It’s really went well up until this point. We’ve had a lot of good days. Today happened to be a not-so-good days.”
Girardi said he saw only one indication that Jeter’s ankle was worse than usual; Jeter was flexing his ankle quite a bit during batting practice. Jeter hit but did not take ground balls, and Girardi said the second or third group was hitting — Jeter was in the first group — when trainer Steve Donohue told Girardi about Jeter’s stiff ankle.
Even before today’s game, Girardi seemed to stress that Jeter’s recovery was not complete.
“I thought he got better every day, I did,” Girardi said. “But I wouldn’t say we’re out of the woods yet.”
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