Heavy rain is in the forecast for what almost certainly will be Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night.
That raises a question everyone around the Yankees and Major League Baseball would prefer not to answer: What happens if Jeter's last home game is rained out?
"That's a great question," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday night. "We'll let MLB decide that. I don't know. I'm sure it would upset a lot of people, I know that."
Typically games that are called because of rain this late in the regular season are not made up if they don't have an impact on the postseason seeding.
But this game of course is different, considering the emotion swirling around the Yankees' send-off of their longtime captain.
According to News 12 meteorologist Bill Korbel, heavy rain is expected in the Bronx during the day, giving way to light showers by late afternoon. "I'm told the weather forecast for Thursday isn't all that bad and the rain is going to be out of here," commissioner Bud Selig said. "But I am worried about it and I'm going to continue to worry about it."
If the Yankees are eliminated before the weekend, Girardi will leave it to Jeter to decide whether he wants to play his final major-league games on the road. Girardi did the same with Mariano Rivera last year, and Rivera chose to sit out the final weekend in Houston.
Jeter refused to say what he would do in that scenario. "I can't think about Boston," he said. "I'm thinking about tonight's game. I haven't been wired that way to think that far in advance."
Teixeira back in lineup
Mark Teixeira was back in the lineup after receiving his third cortisone shot of the season in his bothersome right wrist on Sunday.
Teixeira said he plans to take off only a week after the season ends before starting his offseason workouts -- as opposed to a month, as he usually does -- to work on strengthening his wrist.
Said Teixeira: "I definitely need to get stronger."