Jeter to miss next two games due to soreness
"He's been battling this leg problem, and he's also been battling a little calf problem, so I'm going to give him the next two days off and see where he's at," Girardi said of Jeter. "Hopefully we'll have him back Monday."
The skipper said Jeter first started feeling a little discomfort on Monday, but wouldn't speculate on whether it's another residual effect from either the Captain's ankle rehab or the strained quad that kept him sidelined until last Sunday.
"He's battling," Girardi said. "Did it come about because of the quad? I don't know…only one person knows, and that's him. But, it's better today than it has been, and we're going to try to give him these two days and see if he can knock it out. My hope is that we don't have to DL him; my hope is we get him back on Monday."
Meanwhile, down in Trenton, as Alex Rodriguez was set to play his second rehab game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, righty David Phelps was scratched from the same game. Phelps was scheduled to make his third rehab start Saturday, but he felt some discomfort in his elbow and was shut down for the time being.
"He's not 100 percent as well, so we decided to scratch him," Girardi said. "I talked to him today to make sure he was feeling okay, and he said he wasn't quite 100 percent, so I said let's take a step back, re-evaluate it, and see where you're at."
Phelps has pitched 7 2/3 innings over his first two rehab outings, the second of which came Tuesday, and Trenton manager Tony Franklin understood the decision to hold Phelps out.
"I think the proper way to go when you're sore is to be cautious with him, push him back a day or two, see how they feel the following day and go from there. No sense in running him out there," Franklin said. "There's some concern there, even when there's some soreness. Let's see how he feels tomorrow. If he feels better tomorrow, I'm sure they'll get him back in there as quickly as they possibly can."