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Derek Jeter injures quadriceps in first game back from broken ankle

Jul 11, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter made his season debut this afternoon, returning to the Yankees’ lineup with an infield single in his first at-bat. Later, in his third at-bat, Jeter injured his right quadriceps muscle.

After the game both Jeter and manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that it wasn’t a serious injury, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he is being sent for an MRI exam.

At the very least a tweaked quadriceps should keep Jeter at designated hitter for a while. He started at DH today, batting second in the lineup, while Eduardo Nunez manned shortstop.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Condolences to Yankee fans.

    • bigharold - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Really, .. how’s the view looking up at “… hurt again.” Yankees?

  2. kcroyal - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I agree Derek, It is kind of a bummer getting old.

    • sabatimus - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      No kidding. As a Sox fan I almost feel bad for the Yanks.

      • bigharold - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        “.. I almost feel bad for the Yanks.”

        Save it for September. The AL East wasn’t over when the Yankees were in first, 11 games over .500, .. and it ain’t over now! Have a wee bit of perspective.

      • dan1111 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        As a Sox fan, I have found their success this season a pleasant surprise. But it’s certainly too early to take anything for granted. Not just the Yankees, but literally any team in the division could come back and finish on top (the Jays may be a long shot, but they have talent, too, and 10 game deficits have disappeared down the stretch many a time).

        However, I didn’t take sabatimus’ remark as gloating that the Sox are better. It is frustrating for any fan base to have their team endure as many injuries as the Yankees have.

  3. shaggylocks - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Well what did you expect? Leg injuries are common when you’re expected to carry an entire team on your back.

  4. Jorge Lancerio - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I can imagine the frustration. Jeter’s a classy dude, though. He’ll keep quiet and go back to work when he can.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Yeah it’s gotta be rough being idolized and able to have any woman you want. Plus having multiple championships and over 100 million dollars. I can’t imagine how brutal it must be to be derek jeter. Poor guy.

  5. mybrunoblog - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Maybe give Jeter a few days off then the All Star break is upon us. Could be 7 days off. Getting old sucks.

  6. Caught Looking - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    He could use the rocking chair that the Twins gave to Mariano.

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Seriously? Wow.

    • blacksables - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      The Oklahoma’s showing.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Y’all are welcome.

      • 65panhed - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Yeah, where are you, and can it be said that your state has the resilience that Oklahomans have?

      • blacksables - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        The contingent from Ada has voted.

    • yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I want to take that bloodhound and ruffle his jowls.

      :~)

    • raysfan1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Love Hee Haw–you beat me to the reference.

  8. nategearhart - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Doofus.

    • sabatimus - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      A self-proclamation? You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well I accept.

  9. Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Bahaha.

  10. chip56 - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Sonofabitch!!!!

  11. yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Have they considered buying him a Rascal?

    Pretty sure they could trick it out with pinstripes. It would look good!

    http://rascal-mobility-scooters.com/

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Maybe they should switch to bobblelegs for him.

      • yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Gentle eyes and creaky thighs. The poor sod.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        You belong on yesterday’s Harvey post. lol

  12. broncobrewer - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Time to retire Jeter.

  13. vikes1980 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    that’s what happens to antiques

  14. downwithespn - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    With this injury, he won’t be able to play shortstop. Of course, that would also be true without this injury.

    • dan1111 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Har de har har har!! These jokes about Jeter’s defense never get old.

  15. fabianestrada - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I literally just wrote about this :O

    http://fabianestrada.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/return-of-jeter-sparks-victory-over-royals/

  16. indaburg - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I’m an avowed Yankee hater, but as a fan of the game, I was happy to see Jeter back on the field. I saw a replay of his first at bat, and yeah, I got goose bumps. And yes, I hate the Yankees. This news sucks. Hope he gets better soon. (

    Plus, I think the Yankees are a weaker team with him a shortstop, but that is besides the point, really. I swear.)

  17. bahston - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I’m with Indiaburg. Hate the Yankees. Love Jeter. Hope he come bounces back quickly?

    For all the haters, he had an infield single on his first at bat. C’mon, that’s awesome.

    • bahston - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Damn my awful typing and distracted proofreading. I really do hope he bounces back quickly.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Typing cops appreciate your passion. Yeah, right.

  18. jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    It’s an injury to the muscles around the thighs and knees. Hence, Jeter either has an inherent weakness due to age or he did not stretch thoroughly. Either way, Yankee fans and Jeter better hope this is a mild strain and nothing more. Phil Rizzuto is probably rooting for Jeter.

  19. rcali - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    How many more million do they owe this guy? Yikes. Those beers at the park are staying expensive for a looooonnnngggg timeeeeee.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      I like the way you think: it’s all about the beer.

  20. cackalackyank - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    This just seems to be the theme for the NYY this year. “Oh look (insert injured NYY player name here) is back in the lineup today. Oh look he’s hurt again.”

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      And yet it doesn’t matter. They are still a winning team even though there lineup is full of scabs. I guess that’s the way to win. Don’t develop young talent, have an old roster, and when those old guys get hurt then replace them with terrible players. It works for them.

  21. jteekalall - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    DJ was so tradeable 3 years ago but yankee fans couldnt swallow that idea, and now is as a lame duck as can be now….

    • dan1111 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      They overpaid him intentionally for the PR value of keeping him a career Yankee. That strategy hasn’t been proven wrong yet.

      And his production over the last couple of years has still been pretty good for a shortstop.

  22. bigmeechy74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I can’t believe he got hurt since he ran so “adeptly”

    • redsoxfan75 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Is that sarcasm I detect ???? Hmmmm

  23. redsoxfan75 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    As a die hard sox fan , like a previous poster put , it gave me goose bumps watching Jeter come up to bat. Yet , this all should be expected. He’s one of the very best to play , but he’s human. He’s an ” old man ” now in sports years, and not getting younger. Watching Iglesias play at short so far this year, makes me grateful we have gone younger. Hopefully he one day can be half the player Jeter was.

  24. 1historian - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    This is already sad, and the longer he stays around the quicker it’s going to get pathetic.

    DJ – please just hang it up while you still have something left.

    I hate the Yankees

  25. bobc74 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe he should have been doing more conditioning while in Scranton on his rehab assignment instead of running all over town hanging out with his female “fans”.

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