Jeter singled in the first inning of Monday’s 1-0 loss to Cleveland for his 2,994th hit but limped to first base after hitting a fly ball in the fifth. After the game, the team sent the shortstop to the hospital for an MRI exam, which showed a mild strain.
“I’m worried about him,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it’s not too serious.”
Regardless of the MRI results, Girardi said he didn’t think Jeter would be able to play Tuesday.
After the three games against Texas (36-31), New York heads out on an interleague road trip to Chicago and Cincinnati then returns home for six more at Yankee Stadium against Colorado and Milwaukee.
“It’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “He’s six hits away. You’d hope he could’ve did it here. Obviously, he looked pretty sore.”
With or without their captain, the Yankees (36-28) will have to contend with Ogando (7-0, 2.10 ERA), who is trying to become the second Rangers starter to win his first eight decisions in a season. Tommy Hunter(notes) started 8-0 last season.
Ogando would seem to have a good shot at tying that record as he’s allowed one run in his two outings this month. He gave up his one run to Detroit in the first inning Wednesday and scatted four hits over his next 6 2-3 frames.
“I just wanted to keep my composure. Sometimes you get down but you have to keep throwing and do the best job you can,” he said through an interpreter.
Ogando, though, had one of his worst performances of the season against New York on April 17. The right-hander allowed a career high-tying five runs over 6 1-3 innings - all on three home runs - but avoided a loss in a 6-5 defeat.
After winning four consecutive outings, the left-hander allowed six runs in the seventh inning during an 8-3 loss to Boston on Thursday. He gave up six runs in his previous defeat, also to the Red Sox.
“I just didn’t make the pitches to stop the damage when I needed to,” Sabathia said.
Since May 7, Sabathia is 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA against every other team and opened that stretch with a win at Texas despite allowing five runs over six innings. He’s 4-1 in his last eight starts against the Rangers despite a 4.11 ERA and 9-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 16 career matchups with Texas, which seeks to avoid its third three-game skid this season.
The AL West leaders have a 5.93 ERA during a 2-5 stretch and their starters have posted a 6.63 mark. They were outscored 14-2 in consecutive losses in Minnesota but five of those runs were unearned in Sunday’s 6-1 defeat.
Texas has posted a 6.28 ERA while dropping four of five to New York and a 6.34 ERA during its 12 all-time regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium, going 4-8 there.