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Notes: Jeter will play Wednesday night

4/16/2014

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter simply stretching out his quad started a chain of events that has kept him out of the lineup since last Friday.

However, the three-game string will come to an end on Wednesday night when Joe Girardi plans to start Jeter against lefty Travis Wood.

"It is like an All-Star Break, I guess," said Jeter.

With a a day off Monday and a rainout Tuesday, Jeter has had a full four days off.

Of course, to listen to Jeter, he didn't need them.

"I didn't say anything," Jeter said of how the Yankees first diagnosed the injury last Friday. "I was running to first and someone saw me stretching. I don't know who. Joe said, 'Did you hurt yourself? We saw you stretching.' I was like, 'Nah, I was just tight. No big deal.' That was the end of the conversation. Saturday, he was not planning on playing me anyways. Then it got to Sunday and we got the day off."

Jeter thought he could play have played on Sunday against the Red Sox, but Girardi had the final call.

"That was his decision," Jeter said. "I get it, but that was his decision."

Tanaka vs. Red Sox: Since the Yankees were rained out on Tuesday, Masahiro Tanaka is now on turn to start one of the games against the Red Sox next week. Tanaka is going for the Yankees in the day game against the Cubs Wednesday.

Baseball weather: At noon it was 41 degrees and sunny. The Cubs took batting practice, while the Yankees did not. Good thing they waited a little while, because it looked like this a few hours earlier.

Who's on first: Girardi sounded pretty confident that if he wants to sit Kelly Johnson against a lefty, he could have just called up Scott Sizemore play the position.

Sizemore said he doesn't own a first-baseman's glove. He did take grounders there the other day in Scranton.

Sizemore missed all of 2012 and played in two major league games in 2013. He gave his wife, Brooke, credit for inspiring him in his recovery from a second severe knee injury.

Yangervis Solarte is another option at first. Mark Teixeira (hamstring) hopes to return from the disabled list on Sunday.

Roberts out: Brian Roberts said his back feels better. Still, Girardi plans on keeping out of both games today, if he can. Roberts came down with spasms on Saturday night and sat out Sunday. It sounds like he should be able to play in Tampa this weekend.