Jeter Expects to Play Against the Red Sox

Monday, June 5, 2006

As Derek Jeter bent over and grabbed his right wrist in pain yesterday, it was hard for Manager Joe Torre not to wonder if he was watching the latest in what surely feels like an endless string of health-related catastrophes for the Yankees.

Fortunately for New York, Jeter seemed to have avoided serious injury after being hit by a Rodrigo Lopez fastball in the sixth inning; X-rays were negative and Jeter, who had a bruised thumb diagnosed, said he plans to play tonight against the visiting Red Sox.

"Yup," he said before a questioner could even finish asking if he'd be in the lineup against Boston. "I'm sure [Torre is] going to want to see me swing and throw, but that's my plan."

Of course, Jeter always says that so the real question is whether Torre will let him. The manager appeared to give an indication of his preference -- and the intensity of the Yanks-Red Sox rivalry -- when he said, "Everyone seems to forget what's wrong with them when we play these guys."

· CHACON SAYS HE'S READY: Shawn Chacon said he felt ready to return to the Yankees' starting rotation after throwing five innings for Class AA Trenton in a rehabilitation start.

The right-hander, working his way back from a bruise on his left leg, allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks while striking out three in the Thunder's 7-6 loss to Reading.

"I think I'm ready," he said. "It's not my call, but coming out and judging by the way I pitched with my fastball today, everything else seemed to fall into place after that."

Chacon averaged 87 mph on his fastball. He was scheduled to throw 75 pitches and ended up throwing 72. He threw 47 for strikes.

· GLAUS HURTS BACK: Blue Jays 3B Troy Glaus left yesterday's game against Tampa Bay with a lower back injury.

"He should be okay," Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. "We'll go day-to-day and see how he is."

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