For a second straight day, Derek Jeter did significantly less work in the field than he did last week. And that was after he took the weekend off.
But Joe Girardi said the shortstop has not suffered a setback.
"Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls," Joe Girardi said. "And they talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many."
While working out last week in Tampa, Jeter took 21 grounders one day, followed by 23 the next. He hasn't taken as many grounders this week.
Jeter took batting practice Monday and Tuesday.
"We're just trying to make sure that we don't go too fast," Girardi said. "But there was no setback."
Still, there is increasing pessimism within the organization on even a mid-May return for Jeter.
"The easiest way for me to say this [is] he'll be back when he's back," Girardi said. "When he can physically do it on an everyday basis, and I don't think any of us are really going to know the exact date until we go through some trial and error."
Honoring No. 42
Players on both teams wore No. 42 Tuesday as tribute to Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier April 15, 1947. The annual tradition has always been special to Mariano Rivera, who will be the last player to wear the number.
"It's great," he said.
Rivera said the same of the just-released film, "42," about Robinson's life.
"I loved it," Robinson said. "I bet that it's not even close to what he really went through but it's amazing . . . to not fight back, it's hard. I don't know what kind of human being would be able to do that."
Pettitte feels OK
Andy Pettitte, scratched from Sunday night's start because of back spasms, threw in the bullpen Monday and declared himself ready to start Friday. "No problems," Pettitte said. "I'm good to go as far as I'm concerned."
Wang to start for Scranton
Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to start Friday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 33-year-old righthander, signed to a minor-league deal March 23, had been throwing and working out at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa.
Teixeira swings, kind of
Mark Teixeira, who didn't get the go-ahead he expected Friday to start swinging a bat, took lefthanded swings without a bat before Tuesday's game and ran the bases.