By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Derek Jeter was out of the starting lineup for
the New York Yankees on Thursday, a day after leaving a game
against Detroit with a right hip problem.
Jeter said he felt fine, but manager Joe Girardi wanted to give
him and Alex Rodriguez a chance to rest by keeping them both out of
the starting lineup.
Rodriguez later entered the game as a pinch runner when Eric
Chavez came up injured.
Jeter left during the eighth inning Wednesday night. He said
afterward it was nothing serious, but Girardi described him as
“It isn’t an injury. I have had zero treatment. I wish I had
something to tell you. I had no idea I wasn’t in the lineup until I
walked in and didn’t see my name,” Jeter said. “I’m not happy
about it. I always want to play. But I’m not upset.”
Before Thursday’s game against the Tigers, Girardi said he would
have given Jeter a day off regardless –although he said Jeter
didn’t look 100 percent the previous night.
“I saw him run yesterday when he ran to first. To me, it looked
like it was bothering him a little bit,” Girardi said. “He was
going to get a day off at some point during this long stretch, so I
Girardi indicated there’s no reason Jeter shouldn’t be able to play Friday night at Texas.
Eduardo Nunez started at shortstop and batted ninth against the
Tigers on Thursday. Left fielder Brett Gardner was in Jeter’s
Chavez replaced A-Rod at third base, but he left the game after
appearing to hurt his left foot while hitting an RBI triple in the
fourth inning. Rodriguez entered as a pinch-runner and stayed in
the game, his first pinch-running appearance since 1995, according
to STATS LLC.
“You are looking at 145 to 150 (games) over the course of the
year,” the 35-year-old Rodriguez said. “I think Joe is going to
be very smart with my games played.”
Rodriguez last pinch-ran for Seattle in the decisive fifth game
of the American League Division Series against the Yankees and
scored the tying run in the eighth inning. The Mariners went on to
win in 11.
The 36-year-old Jeter is off to a quiet start, hitting .250 with
only two extra-base hits. The Yankees are in the middle of a
stretch of 16 games without an off day.
“I have to be smart about it. You can’t play him every day when
you’re playing in 16 games in a row,” Girardi said. “You just
can’t do it. I think the fresher our players are, the more
productive they’re going to be.”
Girardi said he’d spoken with Rodriguez about the decision not
to start him.
“I talked to Alex,” he said. “I made the assumption that
Derek might know.”
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