An off-day on Monday and Tuesday's postponement due to inclement weather gave Jeter four full days off. Girardi started Jeter against Cubs left-hander Travis Wood in the nightcap of the twin bill; Jeter went 1-for-5 in the Yanks' 2-0 win. Jeter said that he still puts up the same fight to stay in the lineup.
"I've always understood it, but I still don't like it," Jeter said. "I still like to play every day, but I get the fact that it's a long season. I understand that part of it."
Jeter, who was placed on the disabled list last season when he strained his right quadriceps in his first game of the season, said that he did not complain about the tightness that he felt on Friday against Boston.
"I was running to first and evidently someone saw me stretching. I don't know who," Jeter said. "Joe said, 'Did you hurt yourself? We saw you stretching.' I said, 'No, it was just tight, no big deal.' That was the end of the conversation.
"Saturday, he was not planning on playing me anyway, then it got to Sunday and he said I was going to take Sunday off. I said, 'I don't want Sunday off.' He said, 'I'm going to give you Sunday off,' and that was it. The conversation, I didn't run to him and say there was something wrong."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.