ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Jeter isn't yet ready to rule out a Saturday return.
Jeter said Monday night he believes he'll run the bases Tuesday -- the biggest hurdle he must clear before being declared ready to come off the DL -- and the shortstop did take ground balls before Monday night's game here against the Rangers.
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"Going day-to-day," said Jeter, on the DL since July 12 with a strained right quad. "I want to play as soon as possible. Saturday's the first day I can play, so yeah, I want to play on Saturday."
The Yankees, after a four-game series here, return home to face the Rays for a three-game series that starts Friday.
Add Austin Romine to the never-ending list of injured Yankees. Joe Girardi disclosed before Monday night's game it was his intent to start the backup catcher Sunday night in Boston but Romine showed up with a stiff neck. "He got to the ballpark and couldn't turn to his left," Girardi said. "So you have a problem." Girardi said he doesn't think Romine's condition is serious, and that his plan is to start him Tuesday.
A bit tired
The Yankees, because of the nationally televised game against the Red Sox and subsequent length of the contest, did not arrive at their hotel in Dallas until about 6 a.m. local time. "Thank you MLB and ESPN," one member of the traveling party said. The Yankees had a late report time Monday and did not take batting practice before the 6:05 p.m. local start.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken right hand), himself under the Biogenesis cloud -- though not as much so as Alex Rodriguez -- is expected to start taking BP in the cage soon . . . Jayson Nix (right hamstring strain) had six simulated at-bats but again did not run the bases.