8/22/2014 11:46 P.M. ET
Beltran tries to swing bat in prelude to return
By Bryan Hoch and Jake Kring-Schreifels / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was scheduled to resume swinging the bat on Friday as the Yankees hope to have him available for their lineup this weekend.
"He's going to try to take some swings today," manager Joe Girardi said. "We hope it works and then we get him in a game. It wouldn't happen today, but he's going to take some swings today."
Beltran had a cortisone injection in his troublesome right elbow on Wednesday, his third cortisone shot of the year. This is likely a last-ditch effort to keep Beltran active; he has said that the elbow has a bone spur that will require surgery after the season.
In large part because of the injury, which first started bothering Beltran in May, the slugger's first season in pinstripes has been underwhelming. Beltran has batted .233 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs in 90 games this season, his first under a three-year, $45 million deal.
Jeter remains content with retirement decision
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter is well into the last third of what will be his final Major League season, and in case you were wondering, the Yankees captain has not felt the need to second-guess his decision.
"I think you just realize it. I don't know if there's necessarily a magic formula that tells you it's time to retire," Jeter said. "I just felt like this was the right time for me. I've done it long enough, I look forward to doing other things, so I decided this was going to be my last year."
Jeter participated in a Spanish-language press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium, touching upon many of the themes that have accompanied his last campaign. He said that the multiple standing ovations he has received at road stadiums have created his most treasured memories of the season so far.
"That's been awesome. It's been overwhelming for me," Jeter said. "It's not something that I expected. The way the fans have treated me everywhere I've gone has been above and beyond my wildest dreams.
"Especially when we've gone to some of these stadiums where I'm used to being booed, to have them cheering for you -- that's definitely the memories that I'll take from this last season."
As the Yankees fight to gain entry into the postseason, entering play on Friday trailing the Tigers by four games for the second American League Wild Card, Jeter's personal focus has not changed.
"I want to win. That's it. It doesn't get any more complicated from that," he said. "When you're playing, you want to win. That's the mindset I've always had, that's the mindset I'll have until my last game. I enjoy competing and when you compete, you want to win. That's the last thing I want to do."
Jeter once again reiterated that he hopes to be part of an ownership group in his post-playing days, and that he would have no interest in being a manager, coach or general manager. Jeter also said that he does not expect to feel any pangs of regret when the Yankees take the field without him next spring.
"How am I going to feel when the team is in Spring Training in Tampa? I'm going to feel good," Jeter said. "I won't have to get up, I won't have to work out, I won't have to go to sleep at a particular hour. So I'm looking forward to it."
Robertson fastest to 500 K's in Yankees history
NEW YORK -- David Robertson began his Friday early by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. He ended his day by making some Yankees history.
In the top of the ninth, preserving a 3-3 game, Robertson struck out White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers on a full count, collecting his 500th career strikeout. He ended the inning with his 501st, getting Alejandro De Aza to whiff on a knuckle curve.
He recorded the milestone strikeout in just 376 2/3 innings, surpassing David Cone (486 1/3) to become the fastest player-- in terms of innings-- to reach 500 strikeouts as a Yankee.
"It's a great honor to be the fastest Yankee, but I'd rather keep winning ballgames than worry about that," said Robertson, who snapped a career-high-tying four appearance stretch without a strikeout.
"I hadn't really thought much about it," he said. "Obviously, I really don't think about strikeouts that much as far as numbers-wise. I think about strikeouts in situations."
Martin Prado's game-winning single in the bottom of the inning made him the game's winner, an added gift to his perfect frame.
"Definitely a big win, we needed it," said Robertson, who woke up at 7 a.m. to head to Wall Street. "It was eye-opening that's for sure. I'm definitely going to get a lot of sleep tonight."
• Girardi applauded his players for holding an impromptu hitters' meeting before Thursday's 3-0 win over the Astros. According to Chase Headley, the theme of the meeting was that "enough is enough" and the offense needs to show more life.
"I've said all along, these guys have worked hard and they're trying to figure it out," Girardi said. "Whatever it takes, it takes. They're going to do whatever it takes to try to get better and try to be more productive. I am all for that."
• On this date in 1996, the Yankees claimed infielder Luis Sojo off waivers from the Mariners. Sojo would go on to win four World Series with the Yankees ('96, '98, '99 and 2000), and also appeared in the 2001 Fall Classic.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.