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Brennan Boesch hurting but doesn't tell Joe Girardi

Yankees' Brennan Boesch bats against the Philadelphia Phillies

Yankees' Brennan Boesch bats against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game in Tampa, Fla. (March 16, 2013) Credit: AP

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Yankees outfielder Brennan Boesch knew when he got on the bus in Tampa Friday morning that he had some soreness on the left side of his ribs. He just figured he would feel better upon arriving in Fort Myers to play the Minnesota Twins.

But Boesch didn't, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi kept him out of the lineup. Girardi said Boesch should have brought up the soreness sooner.

"He wouldn't have made the two-hour-and-15-minute trip,'' Girardi said. "Not very smart on his part. Now he's got 2:15 back. We'll probably keep him out until Tuesday. That way, he gets a couple of extra days. We don't think it's serious.

"He's in the mix for one of the outfield positions. We want to get him back as soon as possible but we don't want to hurt him.''

Boesch, who turns 28 on April 12, was given his release by the Detroit Tigers on March 13 after hitting .259 with 42 home runs and 175 RBIs in the previous three seasons. Boesch signed with the Yankees March 15.

"The manager wanted to be extra-cautious,'' Boesch said. "I just felt some soreness. I was taking a lot of swings the past couple of weeks. I made the trip, two hours to play. But we played it smart, I guess. I probably should have spoke up before I got on the bus, but I wanted to play. The manager's going to make the call with what he wants to do, and I respect that.''

Yankees starter Ivan Nova gave up back-to-back home runs by Justin Morneau and Ryan Doumit. He gave up five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 51/3 innings and his ERA rose to 4.19.

"I'm not happy. I don't like the way I threw the ball today,'' said Nova, who is competing for the fifth rotation spot. "It doesn't matter whether I'm in a competition or not. I always want to do my best. I'm not worried about any competition. My competition is with myself.''

Girardi said he would discuss the status of shortstop Derek Jeter on the bus ride back to Tampa. He could be the designated hitter in a minor-league game as soon as Saturday.

"We'll see how it goes,'' Girardi said. "We'll see how he feels in the morning.''

Robinson Cano went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. Girardi, who moved Cano from second base to designated hitter and started minor-leaguer Corban Joseph at second after scratching Boesch from the lineup, said he will give Cano the next two days off.

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