5/4/2014 1:15 P.M. ET
Girardi praises Murphy's demeanor behind the dish
By Steven Miller / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- John Ryan Murphy got the nod behind the plate Sunday for the Yankees, giving the rookie catcher his second start in three days -- more along the lines of the workload the club envisioned for the 22-year-old when spring camp broke, only with the parent club.
Manager Joe Girardi has repeatedly said Murphy first impressed the team during last season's September callup, but he wanted Murphy back in the Minors this season to get everyday time.
Francisco Cervelli's mid-April injury prevented that, forcing the Yankees to promote Murphy, who has continued to impress in his second stint with the big league club.
"To never see a young catcher get rattled is fairly unusual, in the sense of the game speeding up for a young catcher," Girardi said. "When I watch him back there, he's calm, he knows exactly what he wants to do. He does the things he needs to do: He frames pitches, he blocks pitches, he throws well, he calls a good game. He's a real student of the game. And he puts up good at-bats."
Murphy, a second-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, entered Sunday's finale hitting .313 (5-for-16). He had an extra-base hit in each of his past two starts -- his first career home run on April 26 against the Angels and a double as he caught the first nine frames of Friday's 14-inning loss against the Rays.
"It wasn't that we didn't think he was a big league catcher when camp broke, we just didn't want him necessarily catching once every five or six days," Girardi said. "We wanted to continue his development, but that has to take place here."
Manning brothers guests of Jeter for series finale
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter greeted Peyton Manning behind home plate Sunday with, "What's up, old man?" but it was the reigning NFL MVP who was in town to pay respects to his elder.
Manning watched Jeter take batting practice from behind the cage, then joined brother Eli in the captain's suite to watch the series finale against Tampa Bay -- his last chance to see Jeter play before the 20-year Major League veteran retires at the end of the season.
"He's a couple of years older than me," the 38-year-old Manning said of Jeter, who turns 40 in June, "but we've pretty much been professionals at the same time. I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time."
Manning estimates he's seen Jeter play six or seven times, and he went to a Yankees game in Denver last season while Jeter was injured. Jeter visited Manning for multiple Colts games when the quarterback played in Indianapolis, but he has yet to see a Broncos game in Denver.
The pair chatted throughout batting practice -- Reggie Jackson, Paul O'Neill and Shawn Kelley stopped by as well -- then posed for pictures "for my scrapbook," according to Manning.
Manning will continue his farewell tour for New York legends Monday, when he will be a guest on the Late Show with Dave Letterman, and he said his retirement is "not far behind."
"I know it was a hard decision for Derek," Manning said. "I know it will be hard for me, but I can tell he's at peace with it and enjoying this season."
• Brendan Ryan continued his rehab Sunday with Double-A Trenton, and while Girardi said he's not sure exactly what day the infielder will rejoin the Yankees from the 15-day disabled list, it could be during the club's series against the Angels in Anaheim.
"I don't think he needs much more [time]," Girardi said.
• Masahiro Tanaka threw on the side Sunday, a day after picking up a win with seven innings against the Rays and taking a line drive off his left ankle in the second. Girardi said the ankle remains a non-issue.
"The one thing I think he's shown is mental toughness," Girardi said. "Physical toughness is part of it, too, but we don't have any concern with him."
Steven Miller is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.