ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It seems like old times. We’re back to doing an injury roundup.
Only this time, the news is not nearly so bad as it was on practically a daily basis earlier in the season.
New York Yankees
• To start, Derek Jeter played seven innings at shortstop for Triple-A Scranton tonight, and although he went hitless in three at-bats, including a strikeout and a double play, he did circle the bases once after walking and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Joe Girardi had not received a full report on Jeter by the end of the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to the Rays but said the plan was still for Jeter to play in Scranton again tomorrow night, all but ruling out a return to the Yankees before Monday night’s series opener with the Blue Jays in Toronto.
• Brett Gardner got hit on the right hand by a pitch from Chris Archer in the third inning, frighteningly close to the spot in which Jayson Nix caught one the other night, which caused a season-ending broken hand. But Gardner stayed in the game and afterward displayed a hand that was reddened but not terribly swollen. He had not gone for an X-ray but conceded the team might force him to on Saturday. “It’s not that bad,” he said. “So I’m not too worried about it.”
New York Yankees
• Eduardo Nunez's right hamstring is still a little tender, but he was forced to run the bases hard twice tonight and, as far as Girardi could tell, came out of it fine. “I hope he feels good tomorrow,” Girardi said. “You worry sometimes a day after, but today is the best we’ve seen him run.”
• Alfonso Soriano picked up his 29th RBI in 26 games as a Yankee with a first-inning single, which would put him on pace for 188 RBI over a full season, for what it’s worth.
• As he always has been here, Alex Rodriguez was booed all four times he came to the plate, and he obliged the crowd of 24,239 by going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.