NEW YORK -- About the only thing Derek Jeter detests discussing more than a future away from the Yankees organization is injuries; in this case, the lingering bone bruise on his left ankle.
"[It feels] great," Jeter said on Friday, echoing what he has been telling manager Joe Girardi for some time.
Still, Girardi opted to use Jeter as the Yankees' designated hitter on Friday, offering him a half-day of rest as the Yankees opened a three-game series against the Athletics. Eduardo Nunez was tabbed to start at shortstop.
"It's something that we're going to have to manage," Girardi said. "It's not 100 percent. You could say, why don't you give him a week off? I'm not so sure it'd be 100 percent if you gave him a week off. We'll have to manage it. I'm going to pick my days and just kind of go day by day."
Girardi said that there was nothing in particular from Thursday's 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays that made him decide to keep Jeter out of the field on Friday.
"You have to pick your times," Girardi said. "He said he feels better but, as I said, it's not 100 percent. I know that. He knows that. He'll never admit that, but you've got to pick your times to [rest] it."