Jeter out of lineup with right leg issues
Derek Jeter’s move up the ladder of the all-time hits leaders will be stalled the rest of the weekend because of issues with his right calf and quadriceps. Jeter was not in Saturday night’s starting lineup for the Yankees against the Padres and he won’t be there again Sunday, either. With no designated hitter in place in a National League park, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had no way to get Jeter into the batting order.
Girardi commented after Friday night’s 7-2 loss that Jeter was not operating at 100 percent. The skipper said the right leg has been troubling Jeter since last Sunday when he came off the disabled list in dramatic fashion and hit a first-pitch home run in his first at-bat. Jeter started both games in Los Angeles earlier in the week but came out of the second game for a pinch runner.
Friday night, Jeter had a single in four at-bats, made an awkward slide into third base and committed a throwing error. Jeter said afterward that he was fine. Do you expect him to say anything otherwise? With 3,308 career hits, Jeter is five behind Eddie Collins (3,313) for ninth place on the career list and 11 back of Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth place. DJ needs one more RBI to tie former teammate Bernie Williams for sixth place on the Yankees’ all-time list.
Eduardo Nunez, who made his first start of the season at third base Friday night, was back at shortstop in the Captain’s place Saturday night. Girardi said that Jeter could be used as a pinch hitter, but the manager sounded as if he preferred to avoid that. The Yankees move on to Chicago and American League rules Monday.
“I’m definitely giving it two days,” Girardi told reporters in San Diego. “My hope is that we don’t have to DL him. My goal is to get him back in there Monday, get him in there against the White Sox and see how he does.”