Yankees Handling Jeter Carefully

TAMPA, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter remains out of the lineup due to a stiff left calf.

Jeter was not in the posted in Joe Girardi’s lineup for Tuesday night’s game against Pittsburgh and is not on the travel roster for Wednesday’s game with Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte.

The Yankees originally thought Jeter, who hasn’t played since last Wednesday, could return to play the Pirates.

Jeter spent time on the disabled list last season with a right calf injury.  It affected his numbers in the first half as Jeter went through a prolonged slump before raising his final average to .297.

The Yankees are handling Jeter’s calf carefully and hope that it won’t be an issue for them once the 2012 season gets underway.

Catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Nick Swisher — both sidelined by groin injuries — were in Tuesday’s lineup. Second baseman Robinson Cano, hit in the hand by a pitched ball on Sunday, was also scheduled to start.

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