NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter, currently on the disabled list once again with a Grade 1 right calf strain, is likely headed to Tampa to rehab when the New York Yankees hit the road Friday for a three-game series against the Rays, according to manager Joe Girardi.
“He’ll continue to increase his work here,” Girardi said following Sunday’s 5-4 walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers. “When we go on the road, I think he’ll probably go back down to Tampa and resume baseball activities.”
Jeter has thrown on the Yankee Stadium field before Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s games.
“I would assume I’m going to run soon, but I don’t know,” Jeter said Saturday. “All I know is what I’m doing today, I’ve got to go ride the bike. But I would assume [I’ll run] in the next couple of days.”
Jeter has played in just five games this season due to injury.
• Left fielder Alfonso Soriano recorded his 2,000th career hit with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
“It’s nice to get it out of the way. Now I feel more comfortable,” Soriano said. “I don’t think about it. I’m very happy.”
Soriano’s first major-league hit? A homer.
“I feel very blessed,” he said.
According to Elias, Soriano is just one of four players who made their MLB debuts with the Yankees in the past 60 years to record 2,000 career hits, joining Jeter, Bernie Williams and Don Mattingly.
• Andy Pettitte said he was upset with the way he pitched Sunday.
The veteran left-hander allowed just one run, but needed 101 pitches to get labor through 4 1/3 innings. In his last two starts, Pettitte has given up 19 hits over seven innings.
He has now allowed a first-inning run in a franchise-record eight consecutive starts.
“You hate to throw 4 1/3, but the pitch count was just too high again; too many pitches early in the game,” he said. “But it was nice to go out there and give up one.”
• The Yankees won a series for the first time since going 2-1 against Baltimore from July 5-7. They snapped a streak of eight consecutive non-winning series (0-5-3).
• Setup man David Robertson gave up a solo homer to Brayan Pena leading off the eighth, which snapped his streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings.