Found July 14, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Derek Jeter
TEAMS: New York Yankees
The Captain is back! Derek Jeter made his triumphant return to Yankee Stadium on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. All must be right with the New York Yankees now right? Derek Jeter (photo credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger/USA Today) Well, not so fast because as soon as Jeter came back, Jeter is gone again. After pulling up short on his last at-bat in the eighth inning, Jeter will now miss the next few games as he felt tightness in his right quad and will be evaluated over the weekend and All-Star break. An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain in his quad. After breaking his ankle in last year’s American League Championship Series, Jeter has been out rehabbing his injury. He made a short stint in Spring Training but had to go back on the DL once more after hurting his ankle again and has been out ever since. Well, this week Jeter got the okay from team doctors to start rehab games. He headed to Triple-A and begin his rehab assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on July 7. The plan was for Jeter to play a few games to get himself ready for the season. Things didn’t go according to plan though as the Yankees rushed him back too early despite not having played more than seven innings once in his few games in Triple-A. He was scheduled to play nine innings in back-to-back games for the RailRiders but the Yankees were desperate to have him back and the Captain was desperate to be back. What’s the worse that can happen right? Well, Jeter getting injured is the worse that can and did happen. The Yankees wanted Jeter back as soon as possible because of all the injuries they have faced this season with the big sluggers being out for most of the year in Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and of course the always controversial Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is also in the minors in the moment playing his rehab games as well and has looked more ready to comeback than Jeter had in his short rehab stint, yet the Yankees wanted the Captain back now to help ride the ship out as everyone else makes their way back into the lineup. The Yankees failed to realize that this isn’t a 25 year-old Jeter making his way back from an injury, this is a 39 year-old Jeter making his way back from injury and the Yankees had to make sure he was 110 percent ready to come back as his body doesn’t respond as it once did. Now, he may be on his way back to the DL and out of the lineup that desperately needed the Captain’s guidance as it struggles to keep up with the first place Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Yankees currently trail the Red Sox by six games and are currently sitting in fourth place. Everything looked great at first when Jeter came up to bat for the first time this season in the Bronx and ran out an infield single. He looked great running the base paths and his ankle looked to be healed but what the Yankees didn’t consider is that when a person injures himself in one are of the body, the rest of the surrounding areas may suffer as well because all the pressure and attention is being put in that one area and that is what happened. With the ankle being healed, the right quadricep suffered and gave out a bit on him. The weekend and the added All-Star break will definitely help Jeter in the healing process but it is still unsure how the injury will response once the break is over and if the Captain will be heading back on the shelf. All the Yankees can do now is hope Jeter gets better during this break, if not then they have learned their lesson and will now know when not to rush back the Captain!  

Rushing Derek Jeter back to the Yankees after just four rehab starts...gee, what could go wrong?

Why do teams spend a slew of money on having spring training that lasts over a month? In Yankeeland, apparently all you need to be ready for the season is to play in four games, after not having any game time since October, and you are ready to go, even if it's July and you are coming off a major injury where you have already had one big setback. (Hat tip to Scott from my Facebook...

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All it took was one game and Derek Jeter once again transformed from a player to a spectator. On Thursday Jeter’s quad tightened up after he tried to run out an in-filed play. He was called up to the Yankees after four games of minor league action after rehabbing his broken ankle. Now, the Yankees have both in statement and comments let it be known that nothing will be certain...

Yankees will re-evaluate Derek Jeter after the break

It is still possible that Derek Jeter could avoid the disabled list.  There's no reason for the New York Yankees to rush and place him on the DL with the All-Star break upon us.  He will get some time off, and New York will be able to evaluate his quadriceps.  If the strain is bad enough and Jeter can't play, he will go on the DL, but manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian...

Yankees’ Derek Jeter expects to play today

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Yankees captain Derek Jeter believes he'll be ready to play when eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. "I'll play whenever they tell me. I think I could play today," Jeter said after running bases before New York's series finale at Texas on Thursday. "I feel good. I didn't feel my leg, which is good." Asked what he still has to...

Yankees' Derek Jeter out until after All-Star break, DL possible

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Derek Jeter re-injured, however Yankees have bigger issues

So the Captain had returned to the Bronx after another delay after the original delay in the expected return date to the Bronx. In his first at-bat he swung at the first pitch only to have the ball roll down the third-base line slowly enough to allow himself to reach on an infield single. It will look as good as a line drive in the box score, but Jeter clearly showed that he still...

Yankees’ Shortstop Derek Jeter’s Return Cut Short, Captain Waits on MRI

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter was removed early from his long-awaited season debut Thursday because of tightness in his quad, manager Joe Girardi said. Jeter will undergo an MRI but also told Girardi that he felt well enough to play Friday. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Brett Gardner in the eighth inning of New York’s 8-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals. “It just...

Will Jeter have to return to DL?

Derek Jeter will miss the Yankees' weekend series against Minnesota with a strained right quadriceps, and New York cannot rule out a return to the disabled list.

Alex Rodriguez Is Handling Rehab Better Than Derek Jeter, As Shortstop’s Yankee Pride Is Hurting New York

We have officially reached that point. The point that New York Yankees fans and front office alike have feared. The point that caused general manager Brian Cashman to play hardball in contract talks after the 2010 season. The point where a god has been reduced to a mere mortal. Derek Jeter is hurting the Yankees with his own hubris. On Thursday night, The Captain made his long-awaited...

Derek Jeter Suffers Grade 1 Quad Strain, Out Until After All Star Break

  The Yankees have been dealt another blow. It seems like an all too familiar theme with the Yankees this year as far as injuries are concered–get a player back only to have him get hurt again. Such was the case for Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis and now Derek Jeter. Jeter will be out at least 1 week from a grade 1 strain on his right quad, which he suffered...

Derek Jeter – One night only

If you were at Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon you witnessed a rare treat these days as you got to see Derek Jeter play. The New York Yankees captain was called up early in his rehab stint to help the short handed major league squad. You got to witness him come back with a hit and run scored in his first at-bat. Unfortunately you then watched him leave the game early due to...

Alex Rodriguez now faces 150-game suspension

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Dugout Digest - DEH-RUK JEE-TER

Derek Jeter made his season debut for the Yankees on Thursday after missing the first 91 games of the season recovering from a broken ankle suffered during last year's playoffs. The captain didn't play the field at all, and went 1/4 with an RBI and a run scored. His lone hit was an infield single, mainly caused by the fact that Miguel Tejada was the Royals' third baseman...
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