Derek Jeter leading off and DHing for the Yankees
Derek Jeter promised that he’d be in the Yankees lineup on Thursday night, despite the bone bruise that forced him to leave in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Red Sox. He wasn’t kidding. Rob Thomson slapped a lineup on the wall that featured Jeter leading off and serving as the designated hitter. The call came after manager Joe Girardi saw the captain earlier in the day, and Jeter told Girardi that he feels “great.”
Girardi doesn’t really believe that Jeter feels all that great — anyone who watched him hobble out of Fenway last night probably feels the same way — but he also isn’t willing to question his shortstop during this crucial stretch, so he’ll pretend not to notice Jeter’s sarcasm.
“I don’t know how much improvement he had overnight,” Girardi said. “I talked to him when he got here today and I said, “How do you feel?’’ And he says, ‘Great,’ like he always does. So I said, I’m going to put you in as DH, go through BP and let me how you feel. If I’ve got to change the lineup, I’ll change it. He’s a hard guy to read. My hope is we’re going to be able to leave him there.”
Eduardo Nunez gets the start at shortstop tonight in place of Jeter, who has played in 140 of the Yankees’ 142 games this year.