"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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.