CHICAGO — Derek Jeter hurt the top of his right middle finger fielding a grounder the other day, and kept playing. The All-Star shortstop got hit on the same finger by a pitch on Sunday, and that forced him from the game.
It also led to a rare day off on Monday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi held Jeter out of the starting lineup for the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox, deciding now was an opportune time to rest the captain.
“He told me he felt better today, which I thought was good,” Girardi said. “But if I’m going to give him a day on this trip somewhere, today’s probably the day to do it, just because he was sore yesterday, we had to bring him out of the game. It just gives it a better chance to heal.”
After the four games against the White Sox, New York travels to Boston for a weekend series at Fenway Park. The Yankees trailed the AL East-leading Red Sox by two games entering play on Monday.
Jeter was hit by a pitch on the knuckles of his right hand during New York’s 4-2 victory over Baltimore on Sunday and was replaced by a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and the Yankees said he has a bruised middle finger.
The 37-year-old Jeter had missed just two games since he was activated July 4 following a stint on the disabled list for a strained right calf.
“An extra day will help, because you use your hands when you do everything, hit, throw,” Jeter said. “But, no, I can play.”
Jeter is batting .268 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 84 games this season. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez, who batted eighth, and center fielder Curtis Granderson was in Jeter’s usual spot against right-handers, the No. 2 hole.
Chicago also was without its captain on Monday night. First baseman Paul Konerko has a bruised left calf after being hit by a pitch Sunday.