Saturday, August 3, 2013
Postgame notes: Jeter -- 'I'm all right'
By Wallace Matthews
Derek Jeter wouldn't admit it, but Joe Girardi said of his leg: "I'm not so sure it's 100 percent."
SAN DIEGO -- Probably the only thing tougher to look at than the final score of Friday night's Yankees-Padres game -- the Yankees lost, 7-2, to an indisputably poor baseball team -- was the sight of Derek Jeter sliding awkwardly into third in the first inning, hobbling back to the dugout after flying out in the third, and stumbling a little before firing the ball past Robinson Cano in the seventh.
Considering the run of injuries the Yankees' captain has had since last October -- two fractures in his left ankle and a quad strain that has cost him all but five games this season -- even Joe Girardi raised the possibility that Jeter, 39, was not quite up to par physically.
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"He's coming back from a leg injury and I'm not so sure it’s 100 percent," Girardi said. "He's trying to grind through it for us."
But Jeter, who would be loathe to admit an injury if he was going off on a stretcher, said after the game that he was "all right."
"Like I told you, if I play, you don't hear anything about it," he said. "I played, so I'm good."
Since returning from the quad strain, Jeter is batting .211 with a home run on the first pitch he saw last Sunday and not much else since. He is 1-for-his-last 12, and without the option of a DH day for the next two games, might be facing a day off, whether he likes it or not (he won't) either Saturday or Sunday.
"We'll take it day by day and see how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said.
• Catcher Chris Stewart, who took a hit at the plate from Chase Headley in the fourth inning, had his right shoulder wrapped in ice after the game. He said his neck was jarred and "my bell got rung" in the collision but thought he would be OK to play on Saturday.
• The Yankees are now 5-8 since the All-Star break. The three home runs hit by the Padres on Friday are equal to the number of homers hit by the entire Yankees team over those 13 games.
• CC Sabathia lost his fourth straight decision, the second-longest losing streak of his career. He lost five straight decisions in 2005 with the Cleveland Indians. His bases-loaded walk of Yonder Alonso in the first inning was his first bases-loaded walk since May 20 of last year.