Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Derek Jeter

The Yankees plan to sit down with shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday afternoon and "if there is any doubt" about the condition of his strained right calf, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to a baseball source.
That would delay Jeter's pursuit of his 3,000th hit by at least two weeks. It would also diminish the likelihood of Jeter achieving the milestone at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter was injured while leaving the batter's box on a flyout in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 1-0 loss to the Indians on Monday night. Jeter immediately took himself out of the game and was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI exam, which revealed a Grade 1 strain of the right calf -- the least severe form of the injury.
The Yankees host the Rangers for a three-game set beginning Tuesday before embarking on a six-game road trip to Chicago to face the Cubs and then on to Cincinnati. There will be no designated hitter for those interleague games.
"You can't play [short-handed] in those games," the source said. "If Jeter isn't ready to play, the Yankees feel they're going to need someone to take his place on the roster."
Jeter was "extremely sore" Monday night after suffering the injury, according to the source.
While a Grade 1 calf strain is the least severe, a similar injury sidelined Alex Rodriguez for 14 games last August.
Jeter picked up his 2,994th career hit on Monday. If he were to be placed on the DL -- and assuming he was ready to play June 28, the earliest possible date -- he would return in time for the Yankees' three home games against theMilwaukee Brewers. That series is followed by a six-game road trip -- three against the Mets at Citi Field and three against the Indians in Cleveland.
Jeter would need to get six hits in those three games against the Brewers to reach the 3,000-hit plateau in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd.

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