Monday, August 29, 2011

Jeter Outlook Improves, A-Rod Gets MRI

After hearing Sunday night that Derek Jeter may miss the entire Boston series due to a sore knee, the outlook was more optimistic Monday night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Jeter could have been used in an emergency situation and could very well be back in the lineup Tuesday, if not Wednesday in Boston.

The news wasn't as good for Alex Rodriguez, who jammed his left thumb upon his return from the DL against Minnesota on August 21. Though the MRI (in New York) was negative, A-Rod's thumb is still extremely sore and he is likely to miss the Red Sox series. Eric Chavez will fill in for him against right-handers John Lackey and Josh Beckett, but Eduardo Nunez would likely face lefty Jon Lester if Jeter is healthy enough to play shortstop.

One player shut down, and this is no surprise to anyone, is lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano. He felt what was described as "bad soreness" in his left shoulder and may finally be headed under the knife.

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