Derek Jeter has right calf issue, hopes to play Monday
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SAN DIEGO -- After looking every bit of his 39 years Friday night, Derek Jeter declared himself "all right.'' But Saturday afternoon, Joe Girardi disclosed that is not the case.
Girardi said a right calf issue has been hobbling Jeter since last Monday, the day after he came off the disabled list, and that he would be shut down Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
"Hopefully we get him back in there on Monday,'' Girardi said.
Jeter returned from a right quad strain July 28, although he isn't fully recovered from that, either. It is one reason he has not run as hard out of the box on grounders as fans are used to seeing. Girardi and Jeter have said it is "to be smart'' about not pushing the quad too hard.
"Did it come about because of the quad?'' Girardi said of the calf problem. "I don't know, but it's better today than it's been, so we're going to give him these two days to try and knock it out.''
Girardi said it isn't to the point that the club is considering putting Jeter on the DL, but that can't be dismissed as a possibility. "My hope is we don't have to DL him,'' Girardi said. "My goal is to get him back in there on Monday against the White Sox and see how he does.''
Jeter, who rarely talks about injuries and wasn't available to the media before Saturday night's game, went to Girardi earlier in the week to say the calf didn't feel right. "He played on Sunday and didn't feel anything,'' Girardi said. "It was when he woke up on Monday he talked about that he felt a little something there. Today he said it's kind of the best it's felt in a few days. He thought it was better. But if it is going in the right direction, I want to keep it in the right direction to get him back 100 percent.''
Familiar faceSunday brings an interesting matchup of former Yankee phenoms as Phil Hughes faces Ian Kennedy. Both came up in 2007 and spent part of 2008 in the rotation as two pitchers, general manager Brian Cashman likes to say of top prospects, whom the organization was "dreaming on.''
Kennedy was shipped to Arizona as part of a three-team deal that brought Curtis Granderson to the Yankees before the 2010 season. Kennedy, who went 21-4 in 2011, was traded to the Padres last week. Hughes has never become the front-of-the-rotation pitcher the Yankees hoped he would and likely will depart after the season as a free agent.
"It's not what you expect to see them matching up five years later,'' Girardi said. "But that's the world we live in in baseball.''