The breather didn't last long.
Jeter was in the field for the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-4, 12-inning loss to the A's. That was two innings after his fill-in, Jayson Nix, couldn't turn a double play quickly enough, costing the Yankees a run as Oakland pulled to within 4-3.
Jeter did not save the day, though. His only at-bat was a strikeout in the 10th inning with runners on first and second and two out in a game tied at 4.
"They have some guys who know how to pitch," Jeter said. "Especially their starters. They did a good job against us these four games. I wouldn't say surprising."
In the 12th inning, a hot shot off the bat of Derek Norris "kicked up" on Jeter, he said, and went to left field for a single. Two batters later, Norris scored the winning run on a Coco Crisp single.
Girardi said the infield was unkind all-around on Sunday, not to just Nix and Jeter.
"There were some tricky hops on the infield today," Girardi said. "[A's shortstop Eric Sogard] had that one that Robbie [Cano] got on. Sometimes in day games and long games it gets real quick."
Nix said the Brandon Inge potential double-play ball he was slow to get over to second baseman Cano was a transfer issue.
"When you don't make a play that should be made, it's frustrating," Nix said. "The way the game ends doesn't change it at all. Whether we won by a lot, it doesn't change it. ... I just didn't transfer it cleanly."
Girardi's initial decision to rest Jeter was made without concern for the three-game losing streak the Yankees carried into the day, a streak that now sits at four.
"You know I think you have to be able to be able to rule out circumstances and make sure your guys stay healthy," Girardi said. "It's hot playing at home, we had a hot week, we came out here, we had long flights. He's played three days in a row out here, only DH'd him once in a long time and he played in the All-Star Game. So I just thought if we were going to give him a day, today was probably the day."
Jeter's made 81 starts at short and 11 at DH.