Eduardo Nunez is currently the Yankees’ only healthy shortstop. That may change soon. Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in five innings Thursday night in his first rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Pawtucket as he comes back from a strained right calf. He is scheduled to play again tonight and could rejoin the Yankees tomorrow in St. Petersburg Fla. to face the Rays. Until then with the team’s decision to recall right-handed reliever Preston Claiborne yesterday to replace Jayson Nix the Yankees were left with a short bench. Manager Joe Girardi said he wanted protection for the bullpen since he had used long relievers Adam Warren and David Huff Wednesday. “You have to weigh which one was most important and we thought making sure you have pitching depth was more important” Girardi said. Jeter had a double last night and according to a scout in attendance didn’t run full speed on a groundout. He can ill afford another setback if he hopes to contribute the rest of this season. Both the series in Tampa Bay and in Toronto will be played on artificial turf which isn’t ideal for a player coming off multiple leg injuries. “The concern is making sure he’s healthy” Girardi said. “If you have to give him a day off give him a day off. But we have to make sure he can go back-to-back [days].” Girardi also acknowledged that Nix who fractured his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday is likely out for the rest of the season. “We haven’t got a timetable but my guess would be yes” Girardi said.
Jeter may rejoin team tomorrow
New York Post | Aug 23