The bone bruise in Derek Jeter's left ankle, the one he refuses to acknowledge, is something that can be healed only through prolonged rest, Brian Cashman said. And the general manager knows that's not realistic.
"We're going to have to help someone manage through it and it's someone who doesn't want help," Cashman said before Friday night's game, in which Jeter broke a tie with Willie Mays and moved into 10th place on the career hits list with No. 3,284, a single off David Price -- who also had allowed No. 3,000. He added a single in the eighth. Jeter, 20-for-47 in his last 10 games, leads the majors with 197 hits.
Jeter, the DH for a second straight game, said he could play the field but didn't try to overrule Joe Girardi. But that doesn't mean the 38-year-old will admit the ankle is hampering him -- even though, when he runs the bases, all evidence says it is.
"This is not a problem. It's not an issue," said Jeter, always loath to discuss injuries. "What did I tell you last week? I said I'm good. Nothing has changed. It's not a story. I don't talk about it. You either play or you don't. I'm playing, so it's not an issue."
Jeter's ankle flared up last week in St. Petersburg, Fla., and caused him to be removed from Wednesday night's game in Boston. Said Cashman: "It's not going to get better unless you have a long, extended period of rest. So it's how much can he tolerate. It clearly bothers him throughout the game."
The best way to help Jeter?
"If we want to help Derek Jeter, we should win as many games as we possibly can so we can rest Derek Jeter," Cashman said. "But Derek Jeter would tell you, if you want to help me, then just shut the blank up and let me play and write my name in the lineup and help us win."