Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Orioles after being struck on the left elbow by a pitch last night.
X-rays taken last night came back negative, but manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that “he’s sore … he was pretty sore last night, so I’m not sure what we’ll have.”
Jeter actually remained in the game after being plunked by Rays reliever Brad Boxberger. After today he’ll have just 16 regular season games remaining before retirement.
Brendan Ryan is starting at shortstop in Game 1.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.
The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.
Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.
The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.
Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.