ARLINGTON, Texas -- The New York Yankees arrived Monday in Texas at 5:30 a.m. after Sunday's 11-inning loss in Boston, and did not arrive at their hotel until nearly 7 a.m. As a result, Joe Girardi gave the players a late wake-up call and canceled pregame batting practice in the triple-digit heat at Rangers Ballpark.
But one player who did hit -- inside, in the air-conditioned cage -- was Derek Jeter, who took batting practice for the first time since he left in the eighth inning of his one and only game of the season on July 11 after suffering a strain of his right quad. Reporters were not allowed to view the session, but Jeter promised he would give a full report after the game. He also took some ground balls hit right at him on the field before the game.
Asked if he might play against the Tampa Bay Rays in New York this weekend, Jeter said, "I’m going day-to-day. Like I said, I want to play as soon as possible. What, is Saturday the first day I can play? So yeah, I want to play on Saturday."
Jeter, who returned to the DL following a week of inactivity during the All-Star break after a second MRI revealed only "minimal healing" of the injury, said he was pain-free but still unsure if the Yankees would allow him to return to action without subjecting him to yet another MRI.
"I don’t think they trust me anymore," he said. "That's why they stuck me in an MRI machine again, but I don’t know if there’s going to be another one, I really don’t. If it were to happen, I don’t think it would happen here."
Jeter's first day of eligibility is July 27.