Derek Jeter back on disabled list, out for Sox series
|07.19.13 at 8:58 pm ET|
After missing the first 91 games of the 2013 campaign due to a twice-fractured left ankle, Yankees’ captain Derek Jeter is back on the disabled list with a strained right-quadriceps. Jeter returned to action on July 11 against the Kansas City Royals, going 1-for-4, before injuring his quad trying to leg out an infield single.
On Friday at Fenway Park, Jeter expressed his frustrations with another trip to the disabled list after just playing in one game.
“It’s frustrating,” said Jeter. “I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my ankle right and get back on the field and then once I do, something else happens.”
Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that it’s difficult to predict when Jeter will return.
“Your hope is that it is 15 days, but it’s hard to put a timetable on a strained quad,” said Girardi. “We’ll continue evaluating him to see where he’s at. He started riding a bike today, which is more than he has done over the past few days. We’ll just take it day-by-day.”
Jeter echoed his manager with respects to a timetable for his return.
“I haven’t even mapped one out. Today was riding the bike. But there’s really no schedule mapped out yet,” Jeter said. “I haven’t run. Obviously that’s the next step. I was hoping I’d be able to do that today, but unfortunately I’m on the disabled list.”
Girardi also noted that Jeter received an MRI on Thursday, July 18, and doctors felt that it would be at least a week before Jeter could return to baseball activities.
The Yankees have managed to stay seven games above .500, despite missing key players such as Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Youkilis, Mark Texeira and Curtis Granderson for most of the season. Girardi remained optimistic about the team’s resilience in the face of injuries this season, adding that he had become accustomed to not writing Jeter’s name in the lineup card this season.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to use him in the lineup. I got to write [Jeter] in once,” said Girardi. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s what we’ve dealt with all year.”
Jeter is eligible to return to the Yankees as early as July 27, but Girardi could not offer any information regarding a possible rehab stint for the shortstop.
“Let’s just get to the point where we think he can play in a game, then we will make that decision,” said Girardi. “We’re not at that point yet. He did play in some rehab games and play in a game up here, but at least you know he’s going to have 15 days off to make a decision.”
Jeter understood the team’s decision to place him on the DL, but also said that if given the choice, he would have wanted to play on Friday.
“I always think I could play,” he noted.
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