CINCINNATI -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is a few days away from getting back on the fields at the team's training complex in Tampa, Fla.
Manager Joe Girardi said that the 36-year-old Jeter is moving closer to testing his recovery from a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.
"He's still doing treatment, he's doing some functional stuff," Girardi said. "He'll start doing baseball activities in the next couple of days."
Girardi said that the team will soon discuss if Jeter, who is six hits shy of 3,000, would require a Minor League rehab game before returning.
Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 29, the middle game of a three-game Interleague series with the Brewers. From there, the Yankees visit the Mets (July 1-3) and the Indians (July 4-6).
Andruw says ankle slowed him down on DP
CINCINNATI -- Andruw Jones was slow getting down the first-base line on a third-inning double-play ball in Monday's 5-3 Yankees win over the Reds, and the veteran explained that he had rolled his left ankle while swinging.
Jones was facing Cincinnati lefty Travis Wood with one out and two on when he hit a roller to third base, slowing to a jog when Russell Martin was forced out at second base.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips paused and noticed Jones had stopped running, firing to first base to easily complete the double play.
"I just rolled it a little bit," Jones said. "I've rolled it a bunch of times, playing basketball and stuff like that. Right when I first moved, I kind of took it easy and made sure everything was OK."
Manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Gene Monahan charged to first base, but after a brief conversation, Jones was permitted to remain in the game.
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"He rolled his ankle a little bit. He's OK," Girardi said. "He said it's happened to him a number of times. He really didn't have any swelling after the game. He said it's just a little bit of a pain. I think it shocked him more than anything. So he's OK."
Jones said that he believed his ankle wouldn't be a problem.
"I feel it, but I'll ice it and come back [Tuesday] and get some treatment on it. It should be fine," Jones said.
Jones was in the lineup Monday as the Yankees benched Brett Gardner, one of the league's hottest hitters over the last week or so because Cincinnati started the lefty Wood.
The Reds scratched scheduled starter Johnny Cueto with a stiff neck, pushing the right-hander back to Tuesday.
Girardi said he also considered resting Curtis Granderson before benching Gardner, who is hitting .472 (17-for-36) with eight runs scored over his past 11 games.
"I chose to [rest] Gardy today," Girardi said before the game. "Gardy's been playing great. Maybe some of that will keep him going; he's going to play against the left-handers. I chose to get Andruw back in there."
CC dissatisfied with hitting performance
CINCINNATI -- CC Sabathia wasn't satisfied with his performance on the mound Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, having struggled to throw inside and disliking his changeup and two-seamer.
Yet when Sabathia navigated the maze of the dank hallways and returned to the visitors' clubhouse, the first thing he did was pull up video of his 0-for-3 performance at the plate.
And with a 10-4 victory in the books, don't think that Sabathia's teammates were about to ignore his missed chances, especially considering how much Sabathia relishes the chance to hit in Interleague games.
"I've been getting crushed in there," Sabathia said. "We've got some work to do before I go to Citi Field."
Sabathia came into Sunday's game as a .250 (25-for-100) lifetime hitter with three homers and 14 RBIs, logging 48 of those at-bats in 2008 with the Brewers.
But he only had a weak tapper to the catcher, a lazy fly ball to left field and a strikeout on a 3-2 changeup to show for the night. Sabathia joked that hitting coach Kevin Long wasn't about to offer any pointers.
"He won't even look at me right now," Sabathia said. "We've got to talk."
A-Rod deems shoulder as 'just OK'
CINCINNATI -- Alex Rodriguez may have been battling right shoulder stiffness for 10 days or more, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it has not affected how he handles his star third baseman.
"The shoulder has had nothing to do with the way I've treated Alex; absolutely nothing," Girardi said before Monday's 5-3 win over the Reds.
But while Rodriguez said he has no need to come out of the lineup, he's also not speaking of his physical state in glowing terms, saying he feels "just OK -- nothing north of that, that's for sure."
Rodriguez acknowledged that he has been receiving treatment on his shoulder for more than a week, and he exited Monday's game for an eighth-inning pinch-runner, as Girardi is making an effort to get the three-time MVP off his feet whenever possible.
"There's a lot of guys that are banged up," Rodriguez said. "It's part of the long summer. I don't think there's a guy in Major League Baseball that feels 100 percent, and I'm no exception."
Girardi dismissed a published report that suggested A-Rod may have been quietly treating a strain in his shoulder, and Rodriguez said that he has not had any MRIs. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in New York's victory.
"You can walk into that training room and there'd be 10 guys getting treatment every day," Girardi said. "It's part of being a ballplayer. You go in and get treatments, it's part of what it is."
Rodriguez has not missed any starts since Thursday against Texas, when he still got two at-bats in New York's extra-inning win over the Rangers. Girardi suggested that he would consider resting Rodriguez for Wednesday's day game against the Reds, as the Yankees wrap up their allotment of games without the designated-hitter rule.
"The DH would be nice for a few guys in our lineup right now," Rodriguez said. "But overall, we're just trying to focus on winning games, and we're doing the best we can."
It is uncertain if the Yankees will be able to get Bartolo Colon back immediately when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. Colon has been receiving treatment on his strained left hamstring but has only been tossing with a weighted ball thus far.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has committed to giving right-hander Brian Gordon another turn in the rotation, regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's start. Gordon held the Rangers to two runs in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
In other injury updates, third baseman Eric Chavez (fractured left foot) has been running regularly on a treadmill, but has not resumed running on flat ground. ... Damaso Marte (left labrum inflammation) and Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) are continuing to play catch. If Feliciano cannot rehab and needs surgery, he would likely be lost for all of 2012. ... Rafael Soriano (right elbow inflammation) reported to the club's complex in Tampa, Fla. on Monday and could be activated in mid-July.