Jeter back in lineup day after being hit

Jeter back in lineup day after being hit

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi marched into Yankee Stadium's training room on Wednesday afternoon, searching for a status report on his shortstop. There, Derek Jeter was tending to the contusion on his left hand.

"Play tomorrow?" Girardi asked.

"No," Jeter said. "I'll play today."

So he did. Jeter was back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday, batting second only a day after Daniel Cabrera hit Jeter's left hand with a pitch, knocking him out of the game. Jeter was not wearing a wrap before Wednesday's game, instead insisting that "everything's good."

Jeter, preparing for a team picture, would offer little more than "I'm fine." He said that he would ice his hand, and wasn't worried about the challenge of gripping a bat.

"Ice, then [team] picture, then we'll play," he said.

Jeter was batting .312 with two home runs in 39 games before the injury. Trainers attended to him for only a brief moment on the field Tuesday night, before leading him off with what they later diagnosed as a contusion -- not a broken or fractured bone.

"He loves to play," Girardi said. "Very seldom does he ever come out of a game. I feared the worst when he got hit [Tuesday] because it was a loud noise. But we were fortunate."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.