Jeter out of Yankees lineup
Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees lineup tonight with a sore right oblique, the first time he has not been in there for Joe Girardi in 2009. Girardi said that he first became aware of the injury on Saturday at Baltimore but that Jeter played through it, including going 2-for-4 in the series finale on Sunday.
Jeter sent this quote to the beat writers by way of Yankees PR director Jason Zillo: “I’m a little sore right now. Obviously I’m not in the lineup, but I hope to be in there tomorrow.” The Yankees were hoping yesterday’s day off would cool it off.
Some updates for you: Ian Kennedy had a two-hour procedure today at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York to address an aneurysm near his right biceps. Dr. George Todd told Brian Cashman that “everything was similar” to David Cone’s 1996 aneurysm. Kennedy is not expected to begin throwing for six to eight weeks.
Chien-Ming Wang pitches tonight for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “I’m excited to see how he does,” Girardi said. “It’s a big step for him.” Here’s a photo of the Wanger from Frank Lauri of Minor League Baseball.com.
Andy Pettitte had no comment to Roger Clemens’ claim on ESPN Radio today that Pettitte “misremembered” a conversation with Clemens about performance-enhancing drug use.
Brian Bruney will throw a mound session on Wednesday and Girardi said it was possible he might not even need a rehab assignment before returning to the big league roster. Jorge Posada has traveled to Tampa and is on the comeback trail.