Joe Girardi not certain that Derek Jeter will be in Saturday's lineup

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter laughs while standing in Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter laughs while standing in the dugout with teammates during the baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (July 22, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- On Tuesday, Derek Jeter said he would "lobby" to be back in the lineup Saturday, the day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

On Wednesday, Joe Girardi essentially said, "Not so fast," though he didn't rule out the possibility.

"Nothing's out of the question," Girardi said. "But I'm not so sure we'll see him Saturday."

Before Tuesday's game, Jeter did some light jogging for the first time in his rehab from a strained right quadriceps, in addition to taking a full round of batting practice and infield. Girardi said Jeter still needs to show he can run full speed and that it likely won't be until Friday that he does so on the bases.

"You've got to be able to run at 100 percent is the bottom line," Girardi said, "and know that there's no soreness, no pain, and that everything works properly."

 

Soriano OK with Bronx

Alfonso Soriano, who has veto power over any deal, told Cubs president Theo Epstein Wednesday he would accept a trade to the Yankees.

"It was great when I used to be with the Yankees," Soriano said, according to ESPNChicago. "My best friend with the team is Jeter and he's still there. Mariano is still there, too. And me and Cano are good friends, too, because we're from the same town [in the Dominican Republic]. I could feel very good with the Yankees because I've been part of the family before with them."

 

Pineda taking it slow

General manager Brian Cashman said Michael Pineda, sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his rehab assignment ended July 7, was limited to three innings in his Tuesday night start because of "innings management."

Girardi said he still thinks "it's possible" Pineda will pitch for the Yankees this season. "I think they're trying to manage his innings [at Triple-A] because he's coming off that shoulder surgery, so they don't want him to go over a certain level."

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