DETROIT -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was clipped on the left pinky finger by a Justin Verlander fastball in the fifth inning of New York's 6-0 loss to Detroit on Thursday. Predictably, he said after the game that he was all right.
"He said he's fine," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "My guess is it's going to be a little sore, but he said he's fine."
Jeter went 1-for-4 with the hit-by-pitch and finished New York's seven-game road swing hitting 3-for-29 against Red Sox and Tigers pitching, snapping an 0-for-16 skid with his first-inning single off Verlander.
"All you can try to do really is just have good at-bats and hit the ball hard," Jeter said. "You'd love to get hits all the time. Today, I got a hit and I hit 10 balls [on the trip] harder than I've hit that one. Today, fortunately, I hit it in the right spot. I need to get on base a little bit more."
The captain has notched just five hits in his past 44 at-bats (.113), dropping his batting average to .269 with four homers and 22 RBIs heading into this weekend's series against the Twins.
"You can't expect a guy to get two hits every day," Girardi said. "It's just not going to happen. I haven't ever seen anyone get 324 hits in a season. You're going to go through periods where you get more hits than others. That's why you look at it over 600 at-bats."