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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Pregame notes: More aches and pains

By Wallace Matthews

SAN DIEGO -- The big news before this one, of course, is the "leg issues" that will keep Derek Jeter out of the Yankees' lineup tonight and tomorrow afternoon, and might even send him back to the disabled list.

But if that wasn't enough -- that and the fact that they have lost eight of 13 games since the All-Star break, have dropped another 2-1/2 games off the pace in the AL East, and their former ace, CC Sabathia, has not been effective in at least month -- there is more bad news for the Yankees.

Now David Phelps, working his way back to the rotation after going on the DL in July with forearm strain, has been scratched from his scheduled start tomorrow for Double-A Trenton with elbow soreness.

“He’s not 100 percent, so we decided to scratch him," Joe Girardi said. "I talked to him today to make sure that he was feeling OK and he said he didn’t quite feel 100 percent. I said, 'Look, this isn’t something we want to mess with, so let’s take a step back, get you evaluated and see where you’re at.'"

• In Jeter's absence, Eduardo Nunez, who the Yankees were going to give a chance to play at third base on a regular basis, moves back to shortstop. Brent Lillibridge plays third tonight and bats seventh.

Chris Stewart, who was packed in ice last night after taking a hard hit in a home-plate collision, is back behind the plate tonight while Austin Romine, who last played on July 26, rides the bench.

• In his second game back after missing 60 games with a broken left hand, Curtis Granderson is the cleanup hitter tonight. After playing left field last night, Grandy is playing right tonight; Alfonso Soriano, the No. 3 hitter, is playing left.

Ivan Nova, who has pitched well in his past four starts (a 2.03 ERA) but due to the lack of offense has just a 2-2 record to show for it, is making his first career start against the Padres tonight. Tyson Ross, the Padres starter, is making his second career start against the Yankees; He took the loss on May 25, 2012, when he allowed six runs and 12 hits in 4-1/3 innings while a member of the Oakland Athletics. He has also made three relief appearances against the Yankees.