NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter was out of the New York Yankees' lineup for the second consecutive game Sunday night after feeling tightness in his right quadriceps.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Jeter's quad got a little tight Friday night, but the 39-year-old shortstop finished the game. He received a scheduled day off Saturday and the original plan was to play him Sunday night against Boston. Girardi, however, said he changed his mind Saturday and decided to rest Jeter again to give the captain three days off in a row.
New York is off Monday before hosting the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
"I figured, you know what? It probably makes more sense to give him today," Girardi explained, saying Jeter would be available in an emergency. "I could have put him in there."
Girardi said no tests are scheduled and he's just trying to be smart about keeping Jeter healthy. He said Jeter wasn't happy about sitting out — as usual — even though he had played seven days in a row before the weekend.
"I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks, if something was to happen. So, I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday," Girardi said. "I think he understands what I'm trying to do, but his heart, he just wants to be out there."