Derek Jeter is due for a day off one of these days.
“He’s going to get one here soon,” Joe Girardi said.
The 40-year-old Captain has played in 73 of the 83 games — starting 69 at short — following the injured-ravaged 2013 season that limited him to 17 games with the Yankees. He’s pow batting .271 with two homers and 20 RBI in his final season.
In the homestand-closing 6-3 loss to the Rays Wednesday, he went 0 for 5. But he had been at .338 over his previous 19 games, going 26 for 77 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. His on-base percentage had been .381 in that stretch. He stands four hits from 3,400.
It’s doesn’t figure that he will get a break during the All-Star break. Jeter has been leading the AL shortstop voting.
“As long as his body feels good and I feel that he’s moving around, I’m going to keep playing him,” Girardi said. “He’s done a really good job. He had the one little issue early on with the tight quad, but he’s really held up well.”
Jeter is staying optimistic despite the team’s struggles. The Yankees will take a season-high five-game losing streak into their game at Minnesota tonight. They have fallen below .500 at 41-42.
“Can’t change it,” Jeter said. “It’s over with now. It’s done with. We have a lot of games left. Anything that’s happened up until this point, you can forget about it. We need to play better. Talent doesn’t win games. You have to go out there and perform on the field. It doesn’t make a difference what kind of talent we have. We have to find ways to win games.”
ESPN is reporting that Yangervis Solarte is being sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Zelous Wheeler.
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