Derek Jeter said the whole thing was “bizarre.”
The shortstop fouled a ball off the top of his right kneecap in his second at-bat of Sunday’s first game. He was tended to but stayed in, finished the at-bat and then the game. Between the first and second games he told reporters he was “fine” and Joe Girardi had Jeter in his initial Game 2 lineup. Minutes before the start of the second game, however, Jeter was announced as having been scratched with a right knee contusion.
“He came in after the game and he iced,” Girardi said. “And then he got really, really sore to the point where they X-rayed it and the X-rays came back negative. But he’s gimping around pretty good.”
Said Jeter: “We iced it in between games, and afterward it swelled up and it became a challenge. You guys asked me between games and when I told you I was fine I really was fine. It was really bizarre to be honest with you. After we iced it is when it swelled up.”
Girardi said Alex Rodriguez, who played in Game 1, was kept out of the second game because the third baseman’s sore left thumb had acted up. A-Rod missed two games last week after hurting the thumb, backhanding a Joe Mauer ground smash, in his first game back Aug. 21 in Minneapolis.
“His thumb’s bothering him so we felt it wasn’t in our best interests to play him, either,” Girardi said.
The manager didn’t try to downplay two of his aging stars suddenly being unavailable.
“We need to get them healthy,” Girardi said. “It is somewhat of a concern, hopefully neither one of them will be out very long but I don’t know if we’ll have either one of them tomorrow.”