TAMPA, Fla. -- On a day when the Yankees made a big, surprising move, Derek Jeter did nothing. That was under strict orders from the manager, who wanted to make sure the captain did not aggravate his sore left calf.
Jeter will not play until Tuesday, the day longtime teammate Andy Pettitte is scheduled to rejoin the team after his signing Friday. The shortstop was held out of the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Nationals on Friday and was prohibited from even practicing, just to be safe.
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"It's really not that big a concern," Jeter said of the soreness, which surfaced during a game in Dunedin on Wednesday and required some attention after Jeter practiced with the veterans in Tampa on Thursday while the team was across the state in Viera. "I just iced it yesterday after the workout, and there are no secrets around here. It got up the chain of command, and here we are."
Joe Girardi wants to prevent a repeat of the right calf injury that sent Jeter to the disabled list last summer when he was on the verge of his 3,000th hit. His backup, Eduardo Nuñez, still was out Friday because of a bruised hand and Ramiro Peña was out after injuring his ankle trying to steal second Thursday. "I'm running out of shortstops," Girardi said. Doug Bernier started and went 1-for-2.
Backup shortstop will be a pivotal position this season, given that Girardi will want to allow Jeter, 37, the luxury of being the designated hitter or simply sitting out. The captain dismissed the notion that the Yankees' roster, which tends to skew older than most, needs respite.
"I think you might be taking that a little far," he told reporters. "This is just one of those things that happens every spring. You guys just may not know about it."
Nick Swisher said he felt better after leaving Wednesday's game early because of a tight groin. Still, he did not play and was sent for an MRI . . . Russell Martin sat out with a similar injury. He said it was mostly precautionary . . . After the game, which featured a home run by Alex Rodriguez and four scoreless innings from Phil Hughes, the Yankees made 14 cuts. Among those reassigned to the minor-league camp were pitchers Manny Banuelos, the top-ranked prospect in the organization, and Dan Burawa of Rocky Point, who pitched well before tearing an oblique muscle.