A-Rod staying in Tampa

NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will remain with Class A Tampa and play in one of the doubleheader games, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

After Tampa's game was postponed Friday night, the Yankees had said they would re-evaluate where Rodriguez would play this weekend, as he has been rained out several times now. Instead of sending him to Double-A Trenton or Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees kept Rodriguez with Tampa.

The third baseman is 2-for-15 with one RBI during his rehab.

JETER HOLDING BACK? Derek Jeter suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right quad Thursday that will keep him out at least through the All-Star break. In his first two at-bats, Jeter went all out to first base in hope of beating out infield grounders, successfully reaching on a single in his first at-bat.

Girardi acknowledged that the Yankees may have to talk to Jeter about perhaps toning it down on the basepaths.

"I don't know if he'll do it. It's not who it is. He had a chance to get a hit there," Girardi said. "I think it's hard for Derek because it's his personality, but we will talk to him about it when he does come back that you have to guard it a little bit for a while."

GRANDERSON IN AUGUST: Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Sirius XM that outfielder Curtis Granderson (hand) could be back in early August. Granderson is slowly rehabbing from a fractured left pinkie and has played in only eight games this season. He was sidelined earlier this year with a fractured right wrist.

WELLS IN, HAFNER OUT: Vernon Wells will serve as the designated hitter Saturday instead of Travis Hafner. Hafner, as he told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday night, is good to go, but Girardi is choosing to ride Wells as he's in the middle of a hot streak. Wells is 7-for-18 on the homestand.

"Vern's been putting up good at-bats," Girardi said. "Right-handers have hit this guy [Samuel Deduno] better than left-handers, so I thought I would go with Vern."

JOE'S BEST JOB: Despite being ravaged by injuries, the Yankees are nine games over .500 heading into Saturday's game against Minnesota. Girardi deflected the praise when asked if this season has been the best managerial job he's done.

"I'm going to give the credit to my coaches and what the players have done," he said. "Those are the guys that have to get it done. The players have to go out and perform. As coaches, we try to prepare them and put them in situations where they can perform. The bottom line is you don't make the pitches, you don't get the hits, you don't win games."

NIX TO TAMPA: Utility player Jayson Nix (hamstring) will head to Tampa on Monday, according to Girardi. Nix, who is sidelined with a right hamstring strain, will increase his workload. He's been on the DL since July 2.