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UPDATE: Derek Jeter diagnosed with Grade 1 strain of right calf

Jun 13, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The Yankees have announced that Jeter was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.

10:18 PM: According to Bryan Hoch of, the Yankees have sent Jeter for an MRI on his sore right calf.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his gut feeling is that Jeter will not play Tuesday and added “obviously we’re worried about him.”

It sounds like any hopes of Jeter reaching 3,000 hits on this homestand are out the window. At least for now.

9:04 PM: Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Jeter was diagnosed with a sore right calf.

8:59 PM: The chase to 3,000 hits is temporarily on hold.

Derek Jeter left tonight’s game against the Indians after flying out to right field in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez to begin the bottom-half of the inning, though the exact nature of the injury isn’t yet clear.

Jeter collected hit No. 2994 with a leadoff single in the first inning.

We’ll pass along an update on his status as soon as it’s made available by the team. It’s worth noting that Jeter hasn’t been on the disabled list since suffering a dislocated shoulder in 2003.

  1. ditto65 - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    At least he doesn’t need neck surgery.

  2. clydeserra - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    so, DL till the next home stand?

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      Very astute observation! I have never seen so much emphasis placed on where a player gets his 3000th hit.

      • jwbiii - Jun 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM

        The Braves very much wanted Aaron to catch and pass Ruth in Atlanta. But to become the 28th player to reach some goal? I don’t think so.

  3. clydeserra - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    And what Cleveland back up catcher is to blame for this injury?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    A. J. pitched well, giving up only 1 run but will not get a win as the Yankee bats have been cold so far.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      I am happy to give myself a thumbs down on this one.

  5. cup0pizza - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:59 PM


  6. 4d3fect - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Unfortunately won’t stop the wall to wall Yanks coverage the rest of the week.

  7. purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    The old gray gelding just ain’t what he used to be, ain’t what he used to be, ain’t what he used to be! Neither is old fart, Fartolo Colon or noodle armed Freddie Garcia either!

    Yankees need pitching; Hank and Hal are too cheap to allow Ca$hman to go after it.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      You really think it’s a matter of money?

      • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:01 AM

        ABSOLUTELY! Hank and Hal are cheap!

    • dan1111 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:25 AM

      After having the biggest payroll in baseball year after year, after re-signing Jeter for $51 million and Rivera for $30 million this offseason, after giving $35 million to setup man Rafael Soriano, after offering the most money to the best available starting pitcher, the Yankees are cheap?

      Actually, I think the Yankees look like geniuses right now for 1) not breaking the bank for whatever mediocre starter was available after they lost Lee, and 2) getting great production for 21 starts from Garcia and Colon, whom everyone thought were washed up. Even if those two never pitch again this year, the Yankees have already gotten a great return on their investment.

      • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        It was clear that Hank wasn’t about to give Jeter and “A-Rod” type deal and only BEGRUDGINGLY gave Jeter the big deal that he got, as he and Hal didn’t want to face the enormous fan backlash that would have resulted had Jeter gone elsewhere to attain his 3000th career hit.

        I’m not referring though to the Yankees retaining their own aging players, but what they’ve done in terms of player acquisition ever since Hank jealously commented on Jeter’s new mansion in Tampa. ALL of the Yankees acquisitions since then have been low salaried, reclamation projects. Bottom line? Hank and Hal simply don’t want to spend any more money.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        “ALL of the Yankees acquisitions since then have been low salaried, reclamation projects. Bottom line? Hank and Hal simply don’t want to spend any more money.”

        Just curious- besides them making Soriano the highest paid reliever signed this offseason- who else should the Yankees have gone after exactly?

      • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        who should the Yankees have gone or should go after? A proven veteran pitcher and there are several who I’m sure would be available for the right package or prospects including Dempster (Cubs), Buerhle and Jackson (White Sox), and Soriano (Twins). I’m sure that the real issue is that the lowest paid pitcher of this group still makes $8.5M/year.

        Simply put, the Yankees aren’t going to be able to keep pace with the Red Sox, much less even make the playoffs, with a back end of their rotation being Nova, Garcia and Colon. Garcia and Colon haven’t been able to stay off the DL come the dog days of August for several years now, and they aren’t getting any younger.

    • bobwsc - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      who signed off on the Soriano deal?

  8. xmatt0926x - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    I’m sorry. Im an east coast guy and my team gets plenty of attentionj so I never get into the whole “east coast bias” thing and I don’t care that the Yankees dominate the coverage on espn, etc………..until tonight. You would have thought that the President was shot to death by an Iranian sniper with the coverage ESPN gave a …..calf strain. Are you kidding me?Everyone speaking with a somber voice, Girardi being interviewed to get his deep thoughts on this…..calf strain. This is one of those times where I wish everything that the sports reporters and manager said was put through the truth-o-meter so we could hear what they actually wanted to say. “Wow, why are we making such a big deal about a 2 week injury for a guy with next to nothing left who is hanging on just to get his 3000 hits?” What did Girardi actually say once his words went through the truth-o-meter? “Gee, you know what guys, lets face it. Jeter really adds nothing to our team at this point so to be truthful with you I’m glad I can pencil someone in who might actually contribute. And by the way, to think we have to play this guy for the next 2 years because of his absurd contract makes me and ownership vomit.”

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      Their have been 4 updates on this story on this site alone!

  9. mrznyc - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    “Sports” used to be 4 minutes toward the end of a half hour local news report – When you try and stretch that out to 24 hours you have to expect a bit of fill.

    • purdueman - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      You think blowing up this Jeter story is over the top? Try living here in the LA area during basketball season. Out here we get subjected to hours and hours of drivel ranging all the way from where useless Luke Walton was seen dining the night before to what some scrub in the D-League could do for the roster. Can you say: “Laker fatigue”?!!!

  10. aceshigh11 - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    That photo always cracks me up. That’s all.

  11. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    A grade one strain? Pretty posh. Not much meat on him, but what’s there is cherce.

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