BALTIMORE - Although Brian Cashman said shutting down Derek Jeter for the season isn't yet an option, his return anytime soon seems like a long shot.
"He's still in a holding pattern," Joe Girardi said yesterday.
Jeter has not done any baseball activities since being removed from Saturday's game with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. "He just needs a timeout,'" Cashman said.
Tests during the weekend were negative, and the results were sent to Jeter's surgeon, Robert Anderson, in Charlotte, N.C. Cashman said he didn't expect Anderson's evaluation to differ from team doctor Christopher Ahmad's.
"The bottom line is his mobility was definitely becoming more limited with the pain he was receiving," Cashman said. "So when he's feeling better, we'll turn him loose again.'"
As insurance, the Yankees acquired infielder Brendan Ryan from the Mariners Tuesday for a player to be named. In 87 games with the Mariners this season (79 starts at shortstop), Ryan batted .192 with three homers and 21 RBIs.
Grim prognosis for Logan
With lefty reliever Boone Logan (elbow inflammation) "not getting better," according to Cashman, the Yankees signed Mike Zagurski to a big-league contract. He had a 3.08 ERA for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Better news for Robertson
David Robertson, who has not pitched since Thursday because of right shoulder tendinitis, threw an 11-pitch bullpen and said he was "very optimistic'" he'll be available tonight.
Levine: No open vault
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Yankees president Randy Levine indicated the sky won't be the limit for free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano.
"Robinson is a great player," Levine said. "We want him back and feel good negotiating with him, but nobody is a re-sign at all cost."