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Quick hits: A-Rod gets a day off; Overbay returns to lineup

Here are the light early notes as the Yankees (68-61) and Rays (74-53) prepare to meet under the roof here at Tropicana Field, with Ivan Nova and Alex Cobb matching up for the 1:40 p.m. ET start:

Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees’ lineup, this being a day game after a night game. The Yankees are also playing six straight games on artificial turf with the series at Toronto coming up, so that also went into the thinking. Lyle Overbay is back in the lineup after battling the flu for a couple of days. Joe Girardi said that the hope is that the illness is behind Overbay.

The plan is still for Derek Jeter to rejoin the Yankees in Toronto tomorrow. It raised a little bit of a red flag for me that Jeter left last night’s game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without speaking to reporters – seems out of character for him – but all reports are that he was fine. Girardi plans to put Jeter in the lineup tomorrow. 

My Beat The Streak pick today: Brett Gardner. He’s 2-for-8 lifetime against Cobb. Streak is at zero after Alfonso Soriano went hitless last night.

The Yankees are looking to avoid the sweep. They’ve been swept five times this season, four coming on the road, most recently Aug. 5-7 at Chicago. They haven’t been swept by the Rays at the Trop since April 6-8, 2012.

“You had some momentum on your side,” Girardi said. “You want to keep that momentum.”

Quick hits: Gardner’s hand OK, Jeter on tap for Monday

Oh, I get it. Sand Man.

Oh, I get it. Because he’s the “Sand Man.”

Greetings From St PetersburgHere are the early notes as the Yankees (68-60) and Rays (73-53) prepare to meet under the roof here at Tropicana Field, with CC Sabathia and David Price matching up for the 7:10 p.m. ET start:

Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees’ lineup, but it has nothing to do with his right hand, which was hit last night by a 95 mph Chris Archer fastball. Gardner had X-rays this morning on the hand and they showed no break. Gardner said the hand is a little swollen, but manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t planning on playing Gardner against the left-hander Price anyway.

Girardi also said he thought Ichiro Suzuki‘s at-bats were good against Price the last time the Yankees saw him.

Derek Jeter is scheduled to play tonight for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Pawtucket and then would be in the Yankees’ lineup on Monday at Toronto if everything goes well. The captain went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored on Friday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Tonight’s lineup at the Trop

Girardi’s scouting report on Price: “You look at him three or four years ago and you see he threw 80-85 percent fastballs. But now he’s developed his repertoire. He’s got a curveball, slider a very good backdoor slider to righties. He’s got a very good changeup. He’s just evolved as a pitcher is what he’s done. He’s always had the great fastball but his secondary stuff is now pretty good.”

And what Girardi is looking for from Sabathia tonight: “This is a lineup that if you make mistakes, they’re going to hit the ball out of the ballpark and you got to stay away from the mistakes. Your sinker has to be effective, your changeup has to be effective, and you go from there.”

Girardi was asked if Sabathia’s weight loss might have anything to do with his struggles this season: “I don’t think so. It’s not like he’s 210 pounds. He’s not Mr. [Edwar] Ramirez that we used to have here. He’s still a big man. He’s still strong. I think he’s in tremendous shape.”

Yes, that’s right, there was an Edwar Ramirez reference today. Bet you weren’t counting on hearing anything about the man they called “Flacco.” I do miss watching Mariano Rivera stuff Ramirez into the lockers at the old Stadium.

Two other random thoughts about Ramirez, since my memory has been jogged — Mark Feinsand of the Daily News once made Ramirez cry, asking him about a grand slam that he gave up to Mark Teixeira, who was then with the Angels. Watching Edwar mop his tears with his uniform was just about the saddest thing you can see in a clubhouse. And then there’s the great quote from Kevin Millar about Ramirez: “Cute little fella. That’s good hittin’.”

Other notes — Adam Warren should be available in long relief out of the Yankees’ bullpen. … Lyle Overbay isn’t having a fun trip; he’s still having some flu-like symptoms, and it’s uncertain if he would be available to play tonight. Hey, at least he’s doing better than Chan Ho Park was in Boston. … The Yankees were watching the California/Connecticut Little League World Series game on the clubhouse TVs.

My Beat The Streak pick tonight: Alfonso Soriano. Streak is at zero after Alex Rodriguez went hitless last night.

And we’ll wrap today’s pre-game notes with a Debbie Downer not-so-fun fact for the Yankees: they’re 5-15 in their last 20 games at Tropicana Field dating back to July 21, 2011.

Derek Jeter set to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday

Derek Jeter will begin yet another Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Thursday, joining the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for their 7:05 p.m. ET home game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Jeter is recovering from a Grade 1 strain of his right calf, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter is slated to play five innings at shortstop. Jeter worked out in Tampa, Fla. again on Wednesday and ran the bases, according to Girardi, who said that he expects Jeter will play at least two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“As I’ve said, we’ll just go day-by-day and see how he responds each day,” Girardi said.

It is possible, but not a sure bet, that Jeter could re-join the Yankees on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Derek Jeter has Grade 1 quad strain, will rest through All-Star break

Derek Jeter has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his quadriceps and will not play through the weekend, Yankees GM Brian Cashman announced today.

That will permit him to rest through the All-Star break as well, which the Yankees are hopeful will allow him to avoid going back on the disabled list.

Cashman said that would be the best case scenario, but also cautioned there is still a chance he’ll need to be retroactively placed on the disabled list after the All-Star break.

A Grade 1 strain is the slightest, or least severe, of the three possible grades.

Derek Jeter batting second and DHing for Yankees

Derek JeterIt has been eight months and 28 days since Derek Jeter last played in a Major League game. That long wait, it appears, is about to be over.

Jeter has been added to the Yankees’ roster for Thursday’s 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, ending his Minor League rehabilitation stint. The game will be Jeter’s first since he fractured his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last season.

Jeter had been scheduled to DH for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, but the Yankees decided to push Jeter’s return up a day after Travis Hafner bruised his left foot hitting in the batting cages on Wednesday evening. Jeter played in four Minor League games, three at shortstop and one at DH, and went 1-for-9 with four walks and three strikeouts.

Jeter will serve as the Yankees’ DH against Kansas City’s Ervin Santana.

Here’s some commentary from Yankees manager Joe Girardi:

On having Jeter back: “It’s nice. It has been a long time. We were expecting it to be Opening Day but he had the setback where he had the new fracture. it’s  really nice to be able to put him in the lineup.”

On expectations for Jeter: “We’re not exactly sure. We always expect Derek to play at a high level. But the situation that happened last night with the two guys, one fouling a ball off his foot and the other guy getting hit by a picth, and not sure of the availability of them today, talked to Cash after the game last night, he called Derek to see how he was, and he said great, of course, and so wer’re going to use him as a DH today.”

On playing Jeter at shortstop: “We might have to work to that a little bit, because he has not really been extended in the field, but the situation kind of called for it. It’s kind of the same thing that happened with Nunie in a sense. The situation called for it. There’s one thing that you can’t predict, you can’t predict what was going to happen last night with two of our guys, so I’m not so sure exactly how we’ll do it over the next few days, but we’ve got to be smart about it.”

Here’s Yankees GM Brian Cashman:

On Jeter’s readiness “He’ll finish his rehab off in the big leagues. The roster changes that occurred in the game last night made us do some adjustments along the way, obviously with Hafner going down primarily. Derek was scheduled to DH tonight in Scranton, so when we lost Hafner on a day-to-day situation, right away the thought popped into my head. Had a phone conversation with Gene Michael who was in Scranton. He said he’s moving around well. He looks really good. He hadn’t completed the whole profile we had setup for him in his rehab. I had been staying in touch with Derek. He feels good. The Gardner circumstance too so now Joe is in a situation approaching today in a day game where you lose Gardy as he’s day-to-day, you lose Travis, so Vernon Wells goes out into the outfield. It was just an obvious situation where he can DH tonight in Scranton or he can DH today in New York. Might as well bring him in and DH him in New York. I talked to Derek last night. Got him on the phone probably around 11:15, 11:30 as I was driving home. All I had to hear from him was, ‘Hey, I’m ready.’ And he said that. I said, ‘All right, well, head on back.’”

On Jeter’s excitement: “He’s not an excitable guy. Everyone knows this is where he needs to be, so I think he was just waiting. He knew the game plan, but I also talked to him earlier in the week and said it could be sooner. And it turned out that way based on the circumstances of last night’s game here in the Bronx.”

On expectations for Jeter: “I don’t have any. Bottom line is, Derek, he’s one of the all-time competitors. He’s healthy. He’s moving around well. He’ll have his days when he really helps us. He’ll have other days where obviously the opposing pitcher will dominate those at-bats. That’s the way this stuff works. He’s going to be competing on a daily basis against those opposing pitchers and providing the defense. More times than not, he’ll be extremely good for us. That’s just the nature of the beast. We’re better with him here, period. Regardless of what today’s outcome is. Given the circumstances that occurred yesterday, it’s just better for us to be in a position to run him out here today than hold him off. I know we have some weather issues that could affect us here as well as Scranton. I’d rather have him deal with sitting around and whether he’s going to play or not play in the Bronx vs. Scranton.”

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