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Joe Girardi says it's too early for decision on injured Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout in

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout in the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (July 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Derek Jeter was at the Stadium on Sunday, but there has been no official decision about putting the shortstop on the disabled list.

"We'll evaluate him Thursday is probably the best thing to do," Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 10-4 loss to the Twins. "It's way too early to decide what we're going to do."

Jeter, who suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right quadriceps when he returned to the lineup Thursday afternoon, was not in the clubhouse during media availability Sunday.

A DL stint for the 39-year-old remains a strong possibility. With the four-day All-Star break, the Yankees could backdate the 15 days to Friday, making him eligible to return July 27, a Saturday home game against the Rays.

Said Girardi, "We'll get to Thursday and see where we're at."


Gardner's rare rest

Brett Gardner, who played in 93 of the Yankees' first 94 games, received a day off, though not because of any specific injury.

"He's played every day for us," Girardi said. "He's a little beat up, but he's available to me. I just thought if I can buy him an extra day, I'll buy him an extra day."

Where is the outfielder beat up? "Just his overall body," Girardi said with a smile. "Head to toe."


Just a break for Stewart

Austin Romine pinch hit for Chris Stewart in the ninth inning, but not because of an injury. "He was worn out in the heat," Girardi said.

Said Stewart: "My body was [exhausted]. A lot of squatting that game."


Rotation after break set

Girardi set his rotation for the first three games after the All-Star break. Andy Pettitte will start Friday in Boston, followed by Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia. "When their last start was, trying to give guys equal days off," Girardi said.


Extra bases

Girardi said David Phelps (forearm strain) is headed to Tampa and is expected to start a throwing program Monday . . . The Twins won a series in the Bronx for the first time since May 8-10, 2001 . . . Ichiro Suzuki, 39, played in his 2,000th major-league game and had three hits, including a homer. He is 18-for-51 (.353) with nine runs scored and seven RBIs in 14 games in July and has his average up to a season-high .283.

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