Earlier this month, Joe Girardi was peppered with questions regarding his decision to give 39-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter a rest, a give-and-take that elicited one of the most memorable responses of his tenure as manager.
"I wasn't hired to put on a farewell tour," Girardi said April 12, explaining that his job isn't to think about fans who want to catch one more glimpse of The Captain in person.
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With Jeter in the lineup Saturday for a day game after a night game, the line of questioning was different.
First and foremost, Girardi said, the Angels were throwing a lefthander, Hector Santiago. In a similar situation on April 12, the Red Sox threw righthander John Lackey.
"The times I've given him the day game [off] after a night game, it's been a righthander," Girardi said.
Girardi said Jeter, who went 1-for-4, is hitting .292 and has reached base in 18 of 19 games this season, likely will play again Sunday nightbecause Monday is an off day.
Still, Girardi knows he has to keep an eye on him.
"I know that I have to watch. I understand that," he said. "And I will continue to do that."
Gardner bruised but OK
Brett Gardner was hit in the top of his left foot by a 94-mph fastball from righty Ernesto Frieri with two outs in the eighth inning and was taken for X-rays after the game. They came back negative, but Gardner still was a bit sore.
"Hopefully it feels all right tomorrow," he said. "Fortunately, the X-rays look good."
Balk perplexes Yanks
Joe Girardi and Dellin Betances both came away confused after the righthander was called for a balk by first-base umpire Bill Welke in the fifth inning. Betances spun and faked a throw to first, which is allowed only if the pitcher steps off the rubber first.
"They thought he didn't step off the rubber," Girardi said. "I asked them to take a look at it and we'll talk about it tomorrow because he kind of jumped off the rubber and I'm not sure I've ever seen that, so just for my own personal thought process, I want to know what it was. It looked strange."
Betances said he also would look at a replay, mainly because he still wasn't sure what he did wrong.
"I didn't understand it," he said of Welke's explanation.
Before the game, the Yankees signed righthander Chris Leroux to a major-league contract and added him to the 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They optioned righthander Shane Greene to Scranton and released lefthander Nik Turley.
Surgery for Campos
Righthander Jose Campos, acquired as part of the Michael Pineda/Jesus Montero trade with the Mariners, had Tommy John surgery performed by team physician Christopher Ahmad on Friday in New York. He was 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 26 games with Class A Charleston.