Jeter battling illness as he battles Angels

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees looks Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before Game 4 of the ALCS. (October 20, 2009) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - On a sunny Southern California day with temperatures around 80 degrees, Derek Jeter took batting practice at Angel Stadium Wednesday wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

It wasn't a fashion statement. Jeter is sick.

He has had a bug since at least Monday, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Jeter was spotted by a New York Times reporter leaving Angel Stadium on Tuesday night with a bottle of NyQuil. That's likely an endorsement contract he doesn't want.

"He has been [sick]," Girardi said. "I noticed it on Monday. And he was pretty sick. He was still pretty sick [Tuesday]. I'm hoping that he feels better, but it didn't seem to affect him Monday. That's just the type of player that Derek is. He's tough."

We won't even get into the notion that Jeter would be sidelined for tonight's Game 5 of the ALCS. With a World Series berth in the Yankees' grasp, Jeter would wheel an IV out to shortstop if he had to.

And the illness hasn't affected his play. Jeter went 2-for-5 with a walk in Tuesday's 10-1 Yankees victory and is 6-for-21 (.286) with two home runs in the ALCS. That's after batting .400 in the Yankees' three-game sweep of the Twins in the first round.

Asked how he felt Wednesday, Jeter said: "Good."

The frog in his throat suggested otherwise.

Girardi said he hasn't noticed Jeter's illness spreading to any other members of the team. Sickness can often rip through a clubhouse when the players are in such close contact, but the Yankees are taking every precaution and hoping for the best.

"Hopefully," Girardi said, "no one else gets it."

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