Girardi learned that there might have been an issue with his shortstop only after he was asked about it on the YES Network, after the telecast caught Jeter wincing and flexing his right hand while manning his position at shortstop during Thursday night's game against the Rays.
"He's fine," Girardi said. "I asked him and he said, 'My hand's fine.' I didn't know about it until they said it [on television] in the fifth inning."
Jeter almost never drops hints about possible injuries, but he seemed genuinely puzzled when asked about his hand on Friday morning.
"There's nothing," Jeter said. "It feels good."
The play on which Jeter's hand may have been impacted occurred in the fourth inning, when he dove for a Pat Burrell single. There was no immediate indication of any pain. As Girardi pointed out, Jeter looked good enough in his next at-bat, when he singled off the Rays' Heath Rollins.
Jeter was in the lineup for the Yankees' 1:05 p.m. ET game on Friday against the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, batting leadoff against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.