Joe Girardi said the Yankees are in a “holding pattern” with Derek Jeter and acknowledged it’s likely Jeter will be considered day-to-day the rest of the season.
“It’s just hard because we want him to feel good about going out there and not having some pain and being able to move the way we need him to move and the way he wants to move,” Girardi said. “We just don’t feel like he’s at that point, so just go day-by-day and then you make a decision every day on what you think you have.”
Jeter is doing no baseball activities today. It is his third day off since being pulled from Saturday’s game.
Yesterday Girardi indicated that he might use Jeter in an emergency situation, but he seemed to back off that today. He even acknowledged that, had he pinch hit for Eduardo Nunez last night, it’s likely Robinson Cano and not Jeter would have taken over at shortstop (presumably with David Adams playing second base).
“If I need (Jeter), I need him,” Girardi said. “But I’d probably shy away.”
Brian Cashman has said there are no plans of shutting Jeter down for the year, but it’s clear that this latest setback is not simply a one-or-two day situation.
“He wanted to play when we sat down with him Sunday,” Girardi said. “But he knows, and we’ve talked about, until he feels like he’s moving the way we need him to move, we’re going to let that try to get stronger and feel better.”
• With Mike Zagurski here to provide an extra left-handed reliever, Travis Hafner has been switched to the 60-day disabled list, essentially wiping out any chance of him returning to be a pinch hitter in the last week or so.
• Zagurski was in the Yankees system earlier this season, but he’d since left and last pitched in the A’s system. The Yankees re-signed him — not many choices out there at this point — just add some depth against the Orioles and Red Sox, who have quite a few left-handed hitters. “Especially with Boone being down right now in these two series, they have some pretty good left-handed hitters that you’d like to throw some left-handed pitchers at,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of lefties, the Yankees are sending Boone Logan’s MRI results to Dr. James Andrews for another opinion. Could be nothing, but obviously Dr. Andrews suggests the chance of something significant.
• And still speaking of lefties, David Huff is once again available out of the bullpen and will be again tomorrow, but the Yankees still plan to have him start on Thursday. He’s basically the scheduled starter for now, and that will only change if the Yankees have to use him tonight or tomorrow.
• Dave Robertson came through his bullpen just fine but won’t be available today. “As long as he feels good tomorrow, he’ll be available to us tomorrow,” Girardi said.
• Why Mark Reynolds over Lyle Overbay against a right-hander? “Reynolds faced him last time and had some good at-bats off of him, so I thought I would use him tonight,” Girardi said. Well, there ya go.
• Chris Stewart said there’s still some soreness in his left foot, but it basically just feels like it’s bruised and he can play through it.
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