Derek Jeter went for an MRI last night, checking on the severity of that calf issue that’s kept him out of the lineup for a second straight day. Joe Girardi said he believes he could use Jeter as a pinch hitter today, but it’s clearly a situation that’s sparked at least mild concern.
“I think it’s always a possibility (that he goes on the disabled list),” Girardi said. “It’s not what we want to do. My hope is that I can get him in the lineup tomorrow, but I wouldn’t say 100 percent, no we wouldn’t DL him.”
Girardi said the team is still waiting on MRI results from last night’s test.
“We’re at that time of year when we can’t really afford to say, take 25 days (off),” Girardi said. “We can’t do that.”
With the quad issue and now the calf, there’s clearly some indication that Jeter’s legs are having a hard time come back from the early ankle issues. Hard to know how long these things might linger, and whether new issues might pop up as Jeter tries to play (when he’s allowed to play).
“I think if he had a normal spring training and he wasn’t coming off an injury like he did, I don’t think these things would be happening,” Girardi said. “My guess is next year will be different, but only time will tell.”
• There are also tests scheduled to Michael Pineda, who left last night’s Triple-A start because of stiffness in his right shoulder. “Strength tested out fine after the game,” Girardi said. “But he is going to probably go see our doctors would be my guess.”
• The Yankees had been limiting Pineda’s workload lately in an effort to keep him from overdoing it a year after surgery. But Girardi said Pineda remained an option if the big league roster needed help. “He was built up to where if we needed him, at any point, we could use him,” Girardi said. “I think there was a possibility he was going to be here.” Does this setback change that? “I think you’ve got to wait and see what the tests show,” Girardi said.
• David Phelps is having tests tomorrow to determine what’s going on with his arm. He felt some discomfort in the forearm/elbow area yesterday. He’d been on the DL with a mild forearm strain and earlier indications were that he was doing just fine.
• Brett Gardner had his hand spiked last night, but it’s a non-issue today. Just a day off. “I’m trying to keep everyone involved here,” Girardi said. “I think that’s the important thing, because everyone’s worked really hard and I think it’s important to do that. Against the lefties we’ll figure it out when we get to Chicago.”
• Despite the obvious expectations heading into tomorrow, Girardi said he has Alex Rodriguez “penciled in” as Monday’s starting third baseman. He didn’t say where Rodriguez would theoretically hit in the lineup, but the plan is to play him. If he’s actually there and available.
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