Girardi hopeful Jeter can return Sunday

Updated: June 19, 2010, 11:13 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- A bruised right heel forced Derek Jeter to be a late scratch on Saturday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that Jeter can return to the lineup on Sunday.

"His heel is sore," Girardi said after the Yankees beat the Mets, 5-3. "We'll see how he is on [Sunday]."

Jeter hurt the heel running to first base Friday night, according to Girardi.

Jeter was not scheduled to have any tests on the heel, Yankees spokesman Zillo said. Jeter did not talk to reporters.

The Yankees shifted Ramiro Pena to short and had Kevin Russo at third.

Originally, Pena was slated to play third because Alex Rodriguez was the DH.

Brett Gardner moved to the top of the Yankees' order in place of Jeter.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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