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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Morning notes: Jeter in? Boesch out

By Wallace Matthews

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are headed to Lakeland today to play the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. with Andy Pettitte making the start, but Derek Jeter and Brennan Boesch will be remaining back here. Here's what Joe Girardi had to say:

JETER IN THE BOX: Jeter will hit on the field at The Boss and take ground balls, and if all goes well, could be sent across the street to the minor-league complex to take some DH at-bats in a minor-league game. As Travis Hafner did yesterday, Jeter would be free to hit as many times as he likes -- Hafner came to the plate seven times -- but there is still no plan to put him in the field again yet. "Let's just get through these DH at-bats first," Girardi said.

BOESCH ON THE SHELF: Although Girardi said he's "OK," Brennan Boesch, who felt some soreness in the left side of his rib cage after the 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Ft. Myers yesterday, will not play today or tomorrow and with Monday's off day, will not see any action until Tuesday at the earliest. In fact, Girardi said the Yankees might hold Boesch out until Wednesday, which is the day before they break camp.

WHO'S ON FIRST?: No answer yet, and I-don't-know's on third. Girardi said he still has not settled on Juan Rivera as his everyday first baseman until Mark Teixeira comes back, leaving open several possibilities -- that he will move Kevin Youkilis over there and use cult favorite Ronnier (Musty) Mustelier at third, or that Dan Johnson, who has had a poor spring, might make the team after all, or that a trade is in the works. On the other hand, Girardi said the catching situation is a little clearer in his mind, although he refused to say in what way. You can assume both Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are making the team and will split the catching duties roughly 60-40. Who gets the 60 and who gets the 40 only Girardi knows right now.