ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With Derek Jeter not yet available, Jayson Nix on the disabled list and Eduardo Nuñez still not 100 percent, Joe Girardi is lacking depth at shortstop.

"Sometimes you have to be a little creative,'' Girardi said. "You feel like you're playing a little short.''

Nuñez has played in every game but one since leaving Sunday's contest against the Red Sox with a tight right hamstring, but that doesn't mean Girardi thinks he's in the clear.

"He's still guarding [it] a little bit,'' he said. "That's more of a concern than playing short, but we know what we have and we'll make it work.''

Girardi again was asked about the possibility of moving Alex Rodriguez to shortstop, his original position abdicated when he joined the Yankees in 2004. Even in an emergency, it is not likely, to say the least. "I'm sure I could have a lot of guys volunteer,'' Girardi said. "You probably don't want to move too many guys around.''

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On noticeManaging general partner Hal Steinbrenner gathered much of the club's hierarchy together earlier in the week to discuss the minor-league system and why so few position players seem to be major league-ready.

Among those attending the meeting in Tampa were team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, executive vice president Felix Lopez, senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman, scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and director of player personnel John Kremer.

Word is jobs weren't directly threatened, but the message was sent that Steinbrenner, who has been extensively quoted during the last two years as saying the system will play a significant role in bringing the payroll down to $189 million by next season, is paying attention.

Grandy settles at DHAlthough Curtis Granderson is the superior outfielder, Alfonso Soriano has been the constant in the outfield, with Granderson serving as the DH. And that will continue in the near future.

Granderson entered Friday night's game 13-for-his-previous-33. "Curtis seemed to respond to it OK, and that's how I've kept it,'' Girardi said. "It seems to be working.''