No Jeter, A-Rod in Yanks lineup
August, 29, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Joe Girardi said on Sunday night that he didn't expect either banged up star in Monday's lineup.
Both Jeter and Rodriguez were held out of Sunday night's game against Baltimore due to injury.
In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, Jeter fouled a ball off of his right knee in the third inning. He hobbled around the home plate area momentarily and was checked on by Girardi and team trainer Gene Monahan. Jeter remained in the game -- a 2-0 Yankees' loss -- and was slated to lead off and play shortstop in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.
But his knee began to swell between games and became, in Jeter's words, "a challenge."
He was scratched minutes before the first pitch.
Jeter underwent an X-ray which came back negative.
Rodriguez also played the first game for the Yankees, playing nine innings at third base. Girardi said before Sunday's first game that he wasn't going to play the former AL MVP at third in the nightcap because he'd missed two games earlier in the week due to the thumb injury. Turns out, the manager didn't have the opportunity because Rodriguez wasn't healthy enough to play at all.
"His thumbs bothering him so we just felt it wasn't in our best interest to play him either," Girardi said Sunday night. "We need to get him healthy."
Rodriguez missed games Tuesday and Wednesday last week with the thumb ailment, which he suffered diving for a ball last Sunday in Minnesota.
Eduardo Nunez is scheduled to play shortstop in place of Jeter while Brett Gardner will hit leadoff. Eric Chavez is penciled in at third and Robinson Cano is scheduled to hit cleanup in place of A-Rod.
NOESI SENT DOWN? The Yankees have yet to announce an official move, but it is believed that reliever Hector Noesi will be sent down to Triple-A Scranton to make room for right-hander Freddy Garcia, who is slated to start Monday's game.
Garcia hasn't pitched in roughly three weeks due to a cut on his right index finger.
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