Jeter's announcement surprises Girardi

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with the media as pitchers and catchers report for...

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) talks with the media as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb 14, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was as surprised as anyone when he found out earlier this week about shortstop Derek Jeter's planned retirement.

"I had not heard before that, so I think we were probably all a little bit taken aback by it," Girardi said Friday. "You're never sure how someone's going to do it, but I had no inkling that that's what he was thinking, so I was a little taken aback by it.

"He's played a lot of games and played a long time, and obviously he's been so important to this organization. We're going to miss him."

Girardi has not spoken face to face with Jeter since Wednesday's announcement on Facebook. The two have exchanged texts and plan to meet soon.

"In the (Facebook) article, he had written about how it is more difficult to get ready, and when it becomes more (of) a job than just playing, then it is something (he has) to think about," Girardi said. "I remember Kevin Tapani telling me that it wasn't the day he pitched, it was the work the four days prior to pitching. It was difficult for him."

Jeter's announcement that he will retire at the end of the season will have no bearing on his playing time, Girardi said.

"I got to do ... what's best for our team and what's best for him is the bottom line," the manager said. "As I said, he's going to play as much as he's capable of playing; that's the bottom line for me. We want him out there every day. As I said, it won't be every day, but I want to run him out there most of the time."


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