BOSTON - Derek Jeter planned to accompany the Yankees to Dallas early Monday morning with the hope of being on the field Saturday, the date he's eligible to come off the disabled list.
"I don't feel anything," Jeter said of his strained right quadriceps. "Nothing. Is there any better than nothing? Nothing is what I feel."
Jeter tracked pitches in bullpen sessions thrown by Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes before Sunday night's game here and said he "thinks" he'll be cleared to hit Monday.
Joe Girardi said "anything's possible" when asked if Jeter could be ready to rejoin the team Saturday against the Rays at the Stadium.
"Obviously, the biggest hurdle he'd have to clear is running," Girardi said. "I wouldn't rule it out but I wouldn't say I'm 100 percent sure he'll be back [Saturday]."
Jeter said he's not sure when he'll be cleared to run but said he has time. "I can't play until Saturday anyway, so there's no reason to go out and start running the bases at full speed today," he said. "I know things take time. I do what I'm told. I want to play as soon as I can play."
As for the other quad making news, Jeter said he was aware of Alex Rodriguez's impending MRI but had no more information. "You hope for the best," Jeter said of the MRI that later would show a grade 1 strain of A-Rod's left quad. "I hope he doesn't have what I had, but I guess the MRI will tell."
Girardi said Curtis Granderson (broken left pinkie) took batting practice at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa and should be ready for a simulated game "fairly shortly." General manager Brian Cashman said Friday he believes the outfielder is 7-10 days from a rehab assignment . . . Catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken right hand), shut down two weeks ago with a right elbow injury, continues to throw, and Girardi said "every day, he says his arm feels better."