Yankees manager Joe Girardi was questioned about his decision to sit veteran shortstop Derek Jeter for Saturday’s game against the rival Red Sox, which was broadcast by FOX Sports 1. Girardi’s exact response: “I have to manage him with a focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not being a farewell tour. I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”
And that cautiousness will continue in Sunday night’s series finale with Boston, which is being shown on ESPN. Here is the starting lineup for the Yankees, via the club’s official Twitter account …
#Yankees lineup vs BOS: Gardner LF, Beltran RF, Ellsbury CF, Soriano DH, McCann C, Solarte 2B Johnson 3B, Cervelli 1B, Anna SS, Nova P
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 13, 2014
Jeter is 39 years old and played in only 17 games last season. Girardi’s thinking is pretty understandable.
Also there’s this, from MLB.com Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch …
Girardi: Jeter’s quad got tight on Friday. Had yesterday off. He’s getting today off because of it too. No tests scheduled.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 13, 2014