RHP David Phelps will start a throwing program in Tampa on Monday and doesn't think his strained right forearm is anything serious. He was placed on the DL on Saturday.
DH Travis Hafner spent time in between at-bats taking swings in the batting cage behind the dugout and as a result he suffered a left foot contusion in the sixth. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.
SS Derek Jeter reportedly is ready to return to the lineup. The star shortstop will be activated from the disabled list and will start in the Yankees' series finale at Kansas City on Thursday, FOX Sports reported late Wednesday. Jeter, who broke his left ankle in last season's American League Championship Series, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. He played four games for the RailRiders, going 1-for-9 with four walks and two strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday night.
LHP Andy Pettitte will look to continue a lengthy winning streak against the Royals on Thursday. Since Sept. 4, 2000, Pettitte is 10-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 14 starts against Kansas City. Pettitte continued that streak May 11 at Kauffman Stadium, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 3-2 victory. Overall, Pettitte is 15-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 25 appearances (23 starts) against the Royals. Pettitte snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles and allowed four runs (three earned) and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.
3B Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his sixth minor league rehab game while playing for Class A Tampa. He is 2-for-15 in rehab games but the Yankees have set a firm date for his return.
CF Brett Gardner reached base four times without a hit (two walks, twice hit by pitch). On his final plate appearance, he suffered a right leg contusion. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.
RHP Ivan Nova nearly pitched his second straight complete game, allowing one run and five two-out singles over eight innings. He had held opponents scoreless for 14 straight innings before losing his shutout bid.