Sunday, July 31, 2011
Updated: August 1, 10:04 AM ET
Derek Jeter hit in hand, day to day
By Matt Ehalt
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Sunday's 4-2 win over Baltimore in the fourth inning with a bruised middle finger and is day to day.
X-rays came back negative and the Yankees' captain hopes that he will be able to play Monday against Chicago.
"I've been hit in my hand before, it's not broken," Jeter said. "As long as I can throw and swing, then I'll play."
Leading off the third inning, Jeter was hit on his right hand by a high-and-tight pitch from Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta. The shortstop was in clear pain after being hit and Yankees manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan both came out to check on Jeter before he walked to first base.
Jeter remained on the bases and played the top of the fourth in the field before being replaced by backup catcher Francisco Cervelli in the lineup. Jeter was 0-for-1 on the day with a walk. Jeter said the hand injury affected his swinging and throwing, which is why he had to leave the game.
It's the second hand injury for Jeter in as many days, as he also took a ground ball off the same finger Saturday against the Orioles.
"You get (hit) once, it hurts; you get hit in the same spot twice, then it's going to hurt a little bit more," Jeter said.
Girardi said he will check with Jeter Monday to make sure if he can throw before he would place him back in the lineup. He said that he doesn't expect this injury to sideline Jeter for a week, but maybe for a day or two during the team's seven-game road trip.
Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.