Jeter 'in a holding pattern'

BALTIMORE -- Those were the words Joe Girardi used to describe the status of Derek Jeter, who has not played since Saturday and underwent a CT scan on his troublesome left ankle.

"He’s not going to be out on the field today," Girardi said before tonight's game against the Orioles. "I don’t know if that means he’s available to me in an emergency, but he’s not going to do anything today.”

Jeter has not spoken to the media since leaving Saturday's game for a pinch-runner, but was seen walking through the clubhouse heading for the treatment room this afternoon. Girardi acknowledged that Jeter, who always wants to play, has not been lobbying him to be put in the lineup, an indication that he is in more pain that he or the Yankees will admit.

“He wanted to play when we sat down with him Sunday," Girardi said, "but he knows and we’ve talked about it, until he feels like he’s moving the way we need him to move, we’re going to let that try to get stronger and feel better.”

GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees had still not heard back from Dr. Robert Anderson, the ankle specialist who operated on Jeter last October, to whom the Yankees had sent Jeter's latest CT scan for a second opinion. Previously, team doctor Chris Ahmad said the scan was negative, meaning no new injury to the twice-broken area.

"It's not holding us up from playing him," Cashman said of the second opinion. "We have the results. We feel we already know what's going on, which is, we don’t think anything’s going on. We’re confident in the assessment from Ahmad."

But Cashman, too, acknowledged that what has often been characterized as "stiffness and soreness" in Jeter's ankle is, in fact, pain that has hampered his play since his return from his second DL stint on August 25.

"If he felt well enough to play, I mean, if he was moving around and he was pain-free, he’d be back out there," Cashman said.

Still, the Yankees say they have no plans to shut Jeter down for the year. While it is unlikely he will play in any of the three remaining games here, or even over the weekend in Boston, they maintain hope that Jeter will return to action sometime before the final 18 games of the season run out.

"It’s nothing like that. If it becomes that I’ll tell you, but otherwise, we’re more in a day-to-day mode," Cashman said. "Right now, there’s no working plan. Once you see him out here doing everything from batting practice to ground balls to Ozzie Smith backflips then you know he’s back on track. When that happens, we'll turn him loose."