New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi conceded that Derek Jeter isn’t a definite for Game 4 of the American League Division Series after the shortstop left with a bone bruise in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork:
“I’ll have to make a decision on what I try to do with him,” Girardi said. “You know, is the DH maybe for me? Does his foot feel good enough to play shortstop? Does his foot feel good enough to play at all?”
Jeter, of course, said he will play in Game 4. He reportedly had to talk his way into his last at-bat before finishing Wednesday night 2-4. Jayson Nix will likely start in his place if Girardi decides to keep him out or assign him to be designated hitter.
Jeter had left a game Sept. 12 with a bone bruise in his ankle and Girardi had opted to rest him, making him a designated hitter for four games.
Girardi is also still undecided on what to do with Alex Rodriguez. He said he’s not sure whether Rodriguez will be in the game Thursday night when the Yankees look to capitalize on their 2-1 lead over the Orioles:
“I still have the utmost respect for Al and I still think he’s a great player, he’s just going through a little tough time right now.”