Jeter in lineup despite tight hamstring
Yankees' shortstop back in action after exiting Monday's win
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter was back in his characteristic spot at the top of the Yankees' starting lineup against the Orioles on Tuesday, one day after leaving in the seventh inning of an 11-2 win over the Indians with tightness in his left hamstring.
Jeter had been hit by a pitch on the left hamstring earlier in the game, and manager Joe Girardi said it simply stiffened up on the shortstop over the course of the game.
"It felt fine -- it was like when you get hit by a pitch anytime," Jeter said on Tuesday, adding that he had never been hit by a pitch in that spot before. "I probably got hit because I was taking a pitch, so I was just standing there, and I didn't know how to get out of the way. That's the extent of it."
Girardi said he checked with the trainers and with Jeter early Tuesday afternoon and had no qualms putting his shortstop right back in the lineup.
"To have a guy like that who you know you can pencil in that many times -- you know who your leadoff hitter is every day -- it's a luxury not having to mix the lineup to fill that void," Girardi said.
Jeter has also broken out of his slump, having collected at least two hits in five straight games and seven of his past eight entering Tuesday. In those eight contests, Jeter hit .486, and his average has climbed back over .300 for the first time since May 8.
Jeter's third-inning ground-rule double down the left-field line on Tuesday night moved him out of a tie with Bernie Williams and into sole possession of second place on the Yankees' all-time doubles list. It was the 450th two-bagger of the shortstop's career.
Jeter now trails only Lou Gehrig, who registered 534 doubles during his time in pinstripes. Jeter passed Gehrig for the most hits in Yankees history last September and currently sits fourth in franchise history in total bases.
Teixeira day-to-day with bruised foot
NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles after three innings with a bruised left foot.
Teixeira sustained the injury in the first inning, when he fouled a Brian Matusz pitch off the foot, just below his big toe. Later in the at-bat, Teixeira was hit by a pitch, but he stayed in the game for a second plate appearance, which came in the third. Teixeira winced while trotting out a weak grounder to Matusz his second time up.
X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium were negative, and Teixeira is considered day-to-day.
"I fully expect to be in there tomorrow," Teixeira said after Tuesday's game. "We'll give it a lot of ice tonight, rest and I'll come to play tomorrow."
Juan Miranda took over at first base in the top of the fourth inning.
"It just didn't get any better -- I thought it might loosen up, but instead it stiffened up," Teixeira said of the toe.
"When he was coming up in that third inning, he said his foot was sore but he wanted to hit," manager Joe Girardi said. "He wanted to see how he ran before he made a decision. He felt comfortable hitting, though."
Catcher Jorge Posada suffered a similar injury recently when a foul tip off the bat of the Twins' Michael Cuddyer helped cause a hairline fracture in his right foot. Like Teixeira, Posada's X-rays initially came back negative before an MRI revealed the fracture. Girardi doesn't think that Teixeira will need more testing on his foot, unless the pain unexpectedly persists.
Teixeira is hitting .220 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs this season.
Free of pain, Posada close to return
NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada reported no pain on Tuesday, the day after he ran for the first time since suffering a hairline fracture in his right foot. Posada could be activated from the disabled list as early as Wednesday.
"I'd be happy if it was today," Posada said on Tuesday. "I need to play. Hopefully, I can come off the DL tomorrow and play tomorrow."
With the tarp on the field and ominous clouds looming overhead for much of Tuesday, Posada didn't get a chance to run again on the field as planned. He did, however, run on the treadmill and said he "didn't feel anything" in that right foot.
"Today was important for me that he came back and felt fine, and he did, so that was a good thing," manager Joe Girardi said. "We feel pretty comfortable that he may not have any rehab [assignments]. We'll just bring him out there. I liked the way he swung the bat."
The plan might be to activate Posada and ease him into the lineup as the designated hitter for a few days. The Yankees could keep Chad Moeller on the active roster as Francisco Cervelli's backup in that case.
Posada himself figured he would DH in his first two or three games back before settling back in behind the plate. When Posada does don the catcher's gear again, it will have a little extra padding around both his feet to protect against stray foul tips -- like the one off Michael Cuddyer's bat that caused the injury on May 16.
Thumb no factor in Gardner's night off
NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner's night off against the Orioles on Tuesday had nothing to do with the cut he suffered on his right thumb on Monday, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi said he told Gardner before Monday's 11-2 win over the Indians that the outfielder would have Tuesday off. The manager did acknowledge that the timing of the planned day off did work out.
"It probably doesn't hurt," Girardi said of giving Gardner the day off after he hurt the thumb. "He said his finger felt fine."
Gardner sliced his thumb when he was caught stealing in the seventh inning -- the second time he was caught by Cleveland catcher Lou Marson on Monday. It was the first time in his career that Gardner had been caught stealing twice in the same game. Even with the cut, he remained in the game and received another plate appearance in the seventh.
Gardner had three hits in the contest to record his first multihit game since May 19. The outfielder had started all but two games for the Yankees this season and hadn't had a day off since April 15.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.