By Jon Lane
From the hold your breath department: Derek Jeter has a sore right hamstring. He took part in all drills except for running and told reporters in Tampa, “It’s no big deal” and “it’s really not an issue.”
Jeter could have a broken leg and insist he’d be back on the field the next day, but hamstrings are always a concern, especially this early in the Grapefruit season. And while he’s scheduled to represent the United States in next month’s World Baseball Classic, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is not taking any chances:
“We will talk and make sure he’s healthy,” Girardi said. “It’s awful early to be playing meaningful games. Is his hamstring bad? No. It does concern me because the last thing we want is some player getting hurt during the WBC because that affects our whole season.”
Expect the Captain to suit up for Team USA, but also for the Yankees to not fool around. Any trace of lingering discomfort and they will pull Jeter out of the competition without blinking an eye.
Other Sunday news and notes from Peter Abraham:
• Jorge Posada went through a throwing program, working his way out to 220 feet. All indications are that Posada is coming along very nicely from his shoulder surgery.
• The Yankees’ rotation for their first four spring games have been set:
Wednesday at Toronto: Brett Tomko
Thursday vs. Tampa (YES HD, 1:15 p.m.): Phil Hughes
Friday at Minnesota: Ian Kennedy
Saturday vs. Minnesota (YES HD, 1:15 p.m.): Joba Chamberlain
• Right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez cut short his bullpen session due to a sore right shoulder and will be examined by a doctor on Monday. I’ll get more in-depth on how the arms behind Mariano Rivera may line up, but given that there is no middle ground with Ramirez – he’s either real good or real bad – Dave Robertson and Mark Melancon, among others, will get extra long looks.
Updating a post from last Thursday: Forget about Garret Anderson. The veteran outfielder agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves worth approximately $2.5 million, reports the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.