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Jeter out of lineup with bruised finger

Jeter out of lineup with bruised finger

Jeter out of lineup with bruised finger
CHICAGO -- Not surprisingly, Derek Jeter proclaimed he was healthy enough to be in the Yankees' starting lineup one day after leaving early with a bruised right middle finger.

And not surprisingly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to give his shortstop a day to heal.

"I'm not surprised," Jeter said of being held out of the lineup for Monday's series opener against the White Sox. "An extra day will help, because you use your hands to do everything -- hit, throw ... but, no, I can play."

During Sunday's 4-2 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Jeter took a Jake Arrieta fastball to the knuckle of his right middle finger in the bottom of the third, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth.

X-rays on the finger came back negative, but since it's the same one that he hurt while fielding a grounder one night earlier, there was some level of concern that Jeter could miss at least a game.

Girardi feels it would only be one game, and Jeter would return to his lineup on Tuesday.

"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 is probably the day to do it, just because he was sore yesterday -- we had to bring him out of the game -- so it just gives him a chance to heal."

Jeter, who stayed away from baseball activities prior to the game, was able to bend the finger rather freely and didn't seem particularly sore. He said he could make an appearance on Monday if needed.

"It's really not that big of a deal," Jeter said. "I've been hit a lot on my fingers, so it's fine."

Against Jake Peavy at U.S. Cellular Field, Eduardo Nunez got the start at shortstop -- batting eighth -- with Francisco Cervelli in the No. 9 spot, spelling Russell Martin behind the plate. Curtis Granderson was back in the No. 2 spot, behind Brett Gardner.

Jeter, batting .268 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 84 games, is tied with Rafael Palmeiro for 24th on the all-time hits list with 3,020.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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