“He is day-to-day; we are hoping he will be able to play [tonight],” Girardi said of Jeter, who fouled a ball off his knee in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader and was scratched from the second tilt. “I could use him in an emergency [last night].”
After last night’s 3-2 win over the Orioles, Jeter was optimistic he will play tonight.
“I hope so, that’s the plan,” said Jeter, who received a full day of treatment, watched some of the game from the dugout and went inside for additional treatment in the late innings. “I made a lot of progress since [Sunday night] and hopefully I make more.”
This is big for two reasons. One thing is it gets Derek Jeter‘s hot bat (29-for-his-last-65, .446) into the lineup, but it also lengthens the bench. Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were both expected to miss this series against Boston although neither were injured seriously enough to go on the DL. That would have left the Yankees with an extremely small bench for one of the most important series of the season.