Yankees’ Derek Jeter Remains Out With Calf Injury
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter remained out of the lineup Tuesday because of a stiff left calf.
Jeter was not in the posted lineup for the game against Pittsburgh and was not on the travel roster for Wednesday’s game with Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte.
New York manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees’ captain also will miss Thursday night’s game against Boston in Fort Myers.
“Today he said he didn’t feel it,” Girardi said. “There’s no rush. Hopefully we’ll get him in there Friday. I don’t want it to be an issue.”
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.
Jeter took batting practice on Tuesday, and could resume running on Wednesday.
“I haven’t run,” Jeter said. “I feel good. To be cautious, make sure I do all that.”
Catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Nick Swisher — both sidelined by groin injuries — were in Tuesday’s lineup.
However, Swisher hurt his right groin, the opposite side of the previous injury, running out a grounder in the third.
“It’s frustrating,” said Swisher, who likely miss at least a few games. “Felt something grab on the right side.”
Swisher added that he has no doubts about being ready for opening day.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, hit in the hand by a pitched ball on Sunday, also was slated start.
Rotation candidate Freddy Garcia, hit on the right hand by a grounder last Wednesday, threw around 65 pitches during a bullpen session.
“No pain,” Garcia said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. So far, so good.”
The Yankees are looking at possibly having Garcia pitch in a game on Friday.
Reliever David Robertson, out because of a bruised right foot, made 30 pitches in his second bullpen session.
“No problems,” Robertson said.
Girardi said Robertson will likely throw batting practice next. The right-hander is expected to be ready for opening day.
Andy Pettitte, who ended his one-year retirement and agreed to a minor league contract last Friday, arrived in camp and threw around 50 pitches to Martin during a bullpen session.
Girardi said it’s possible Pettitte will pitch in a spring training game before the team breaks camp. The left-hander will not be ready to start the season on the big league roster.
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