BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez occupied a new place in the Yankees' lineup on Monday, as manager Joe Girardi tried a different look by slotting Rodriguez second in the lineup against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
"He's done a really good job of getting on base against right-handers and swinging the bat well against right-handers," Girardi said. "I'm trying to break up our left-handed hitters."
Rodriguez made good on Girardi's decision in his first at-bat, homering off Tillman to give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. He went hitless in his other two at-bats, striking out once in the Yankees' 4-2 loss.
Girardi said that since Alfonso Soriano has been productive hitting behind Robinson Cano, he wanted to keep that alignment intact. Cano hit third on Monday, followed by Soriano in the cleanup spot.
Rodriguez had started 497 previous big league games in the No. 2 spot, but it is something he has done only 50 times as a Yankee and not since Aug. 26, 2006, when Joe Torre tried him there in a 12-7 loss to the Angels.
"He was fine [with the decision]," Girardi said before the game. "Whatever I want."
No timetable for Jeter's return to Yankees
BALTIMORE -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter continued to receive treatment on his injured left ankle on Monday, and while he could be used in an emergency, the team is not giving a definitive timetable for his return.
Jeter was removed from Saturday's 13-9 loss to the Red Sox for a sixth-inning pinch-runner after manager Joe Girardi said that he did not like how the 39-year-old shortstop was running.
"Right now, it's just a day-to-day thing," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It was a little sore the other day, something he really wasn't speaking to, but you could see the way he was moving around."
Girardi said that he wanted to keep Jeter from doing any baseball activity on Monday, but added that Jeter could be pressed into duty on his sore ankle if anything happened to shortstop Eduardo Nunez.
"I might use him in an emergency if I had to use him tonight," Girardi said. "That's kind of the situation we're in. It's not like I have a number of shortstops lying around."
Jeter has not spoken publicly since before Saturday's game. He left Yankee Stadium that day to have a CT scan performed on his ankle at a local hospital, and the scan results were negative.
Jeter was spotted by reporters in the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards on Monday but declined an interview request, retreating to the trainers' room.
The team forwarded Jeter's CT scan results to Dr. Robert Anderson -- who performed Jeter's ankle surgery last October -- but Cashman said that Anderson has not yet responded with his diagnosis.
Cashman added that there has been no consideration given to the idea of shutting Jeter down for the rest of the 2013 season.
"No -- no, no, no," Cashman said.
Robertson, Logan may be unavailable vs. O's
BALTIMORE -- The Yankees are not sure if they will have David Robertson or Boone Logan available out of their bullpen for any of the four games against the Orioles this week.
Robertson was scheduled to play catch on Monday, testing his right arm after he was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation last week.
"I guess you go day by day, [depending on] how it goes," manager Joe Girardi said. "You hope the catch goes well today. He's a little bit further ahead of where Boone is. We'll see where he is after today."
Logan had an MRI performed on Saturday that showed inflammation in his left biceps, and he had a cortisone injection administered. Girardi seemed doubtful that Logan would be available until Friday against the Red Sox.
"I'm not sure we're going to get him this series, I'm not," Girardi said. "I'm hopeful that we will, maybe [Thursday], but you've just got to go day by day."
With the pair of relievers unavailable, the Yankees' bullpen has been thin, which is why Girardi tried to squeeze a two-inning save out of Mariano Rivera on Sunday -- something the 43-year-old closer has not done in the regular season since July 16, 2006.
• Yankees catcher Chris Stewart was "probably not" available to play Monday, according to Girardi. Stewart sustained a left foot contusion when he was hit by a pitch in the third inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
• Left-hander David Huff continues to be listed as the Yankees' probable starter on Thursday against the Orioles, though that seems less than a certainty after Huff allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Red Sox on Saturday.
"We're going to get through these three days and see where we're at," Girardi said. "I'm not saying I'm changing anything, but if we need Huff [in relief], we need Huff."
Phil Hughes, who lost his rotation slot to Huff, could be reinstated to starting duty under that scenario.
• On this date in 1999, Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter passed away at the age of 53. The righty pitched for five seasons with the Yankees (1975-79), going 63-53 with a 3.58 ERA and winning two World Series titles.