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Jeter to play day game after night game

4/26/2014

NEW YORK -- The first three times the New York Yankees had a day game after a night game, Derek Jeter missed one game or the other.

Saturday, with the Yankees playing the Angels at 1:05, Jeter is back in the lineup, after also playing Friday night. Manager Joe Girardi said that has less to do with any change in Jeter's physical condition than other factors.

The biggest one: The Angels started a left-handed pitcher Friday (C.J. Wilson) and had another lefty (Hector Santiago) starting Saturday. Jeter has an OPS of .839 against lefties this year, as opposed to .625 against right-handers. While that's a small sample, it confirms what the longer-term numbers say about Jeter's left-right splits.

The Angels will be starting right-hander Garrett Richards on Sunday, but Girardi said it would be wrong to assume Jeter will skip that game. For one thing, it's the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game, so Jeter will have extra time between games. Also, the Yankees are off Monday.

Because Dean Anna was sent to the minor leagues as part of the Michael Pineda suspension fallout, the Yankees don't have a natural backup shortstop on the roster. Yangervis Solarte, who has played just 30 minor league games at short (and just four innings there for the Yankees this year), would play short if Jeter sits.

But Girardi said Jeter likely would have played Saturday even if Anna was still on the roster.

"I know that I have to watch him, and I will continue to watch him," Girardi said. "I also know we have the day off Monday. It's just trying to have a feel for it."

Campos has surgery: The Yankees announced that right-handed pitcher Jose Campos had Tommy John surgery Friday and will miss the season. Campos is only significant because he was the other player the Yankees received in the Pineda trade. He was considered a decent prospect at the time, but he spent his first two seasons as a Yankee at low Class A Charleston and will spend this one rehabbing after surgery.

Nuno stretches out: Girardi held Vidal Nuno to 69 pitches last Sunday in his first start of the season. He said Nuno could throw as many as 80-85 pitches in his start Saturday against the Angels.

Another new pitcher: The Yankees shuffled their bullpen again before Saturday's game, adding right-hander Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioning Shane Greene back to SWB. Leroux, who has 63 big league appearances for the Marlins and Pirates, would become the 19th different pitcher used by the Yankees this year. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees released left-hander Nik Turley, who hadn't pitched this season.