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Jeter bruises left pinkie, but stays in game

Jeter bruises left pinkie, but stays in game
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Derek Jeter bruised a knuckle on his left pinkie during a collision at first base in the first inning of the New York Yankees' game against Atlanta on Saturday, but remained in the game.

He played three innings in the field, and the team said Jeter is fine.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Jeter to play in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. No X-rays are planned.

"He has a slight bruise on his knuckle," Girardi said after the Yankees 6-4 win over the Braves. "I didn't take him out because he was hurt. I just planned not to play him too much after a night game (Friday)."

The Yankees captain ran into Braves first baseman Greg Norton, who moved along the first-base line to catch a throw from second baseman Martin Prado after Prado fielded Jeter's grounder.

In other news, team officials will be meeting in the next couple days to start finalizing the opening day roster. Starting center fielder, several bullpen spots and the backup infield position are still open.

"There's still a few questions," Girardi said. "We have hard decisions to make. We're not going to rush into it."

Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera, competing for the center-field spot, could both make the team. Gardner is considered the front-runner to start.

Although no decision has been announced, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez and Phil Coke appear to be ahead in the competition for three of the final four bullpen spots.

Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves, Dan Giese and Jonathan Albaladejo are likely batting for the final reliever opening.

"We have to see what fits our team best," Girardi said. "I can't give any guarantees. We have a week to go."

Brian Bruney and Damaso Marte are expected to be the eighth-inning setup men for closer Mariano Rivera.

Former AL rookie of the year Angel Berroa and minor leaguer Ramiro Pena are in the mix for the reserve infield role.

Notes: RHP Chien-Ming Wang allowed four runs and nine hits - including two homers - over five innings in a Triple-A game against Pittsburgh minor leaguers. C Jorge Posada throw out one baserunner attempting to steal and went 1-for-4 at the plate, while OF Nick Swisher homered in five at-bats. ... Bruney struck out four over two scoreless innings in a Double-A game. DH Hideki Matsui went 2-for-3 with a homer. ... The Yankees sent RHP David Robertson, Cs P.J. Pilittere and Chris Stewart, INFs Shelley Duncan, Doug Bernier and Justin Leone, and OFs Todd Linden and John Rodriguez to their minor league camp.

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