Derek Jeter wasn't in the field last night, but he was at the plate. Suffering from two bone bruises in his left foot, Jeter still played in the Yankees' 2-1, 13-inning loss to the Orioles last night in Game 4 of the ALDS, though manager Joe Girardi opted to use him as the designated hitter and started Jayson Nix at shortstop. It ended Jeter's streak of 155 consecutive playoff games at shortstop, dating back to Game 1 of the 1996 ALDS. In Game 3, Jeter re-injured his left ankle when he fouled a ball off his foot in his first at-bat. During that game, he hobbled so badly that Girardi pulled him for defense before the start of the ninth inning. Last night, however, Jeter seemed to be moving better. Sporting a black protective guard on his left foot, the 38-year-old appeared to be running decently enough. Another good sign was that Jeter, who went 2-for-6 last night, delivered an important double to start the sixth inning, sparking the Yankees to the game-tying run. They were trailing 1-0 at the time, and Jeter — who grounded out and struck out in his first two at-bats — opened the inning with a double to right. He scored three batters later on Robinson Cano's RBI groundout.
Hobbled Jeter relegated to DH, keeps on hitting
New York Post | Oct 12