Derek Jeter Set To Return To Yankees On Monday

Yankees captain Derek Jeter is recovering from a mild calf strain, and is in line to return to the Yankees on July 4 following a brief minor league rehab assignment.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Captain Close To Return To Yankees

The moment we've all been waiting for is fast approaching: Derek Jeter is on the verge of returning from an extremely mild strained calf.

The speculation lately has been that Jeter would return to the Yankees in early July. Now we've got an official schedule. Via the AP, Jeter will join double-A Trenton for a brief minor league rehab assignment on Saturday and Sunday. He will then join the Yankees in time for a series in Cleveland beginning Monday, July 4. Jeter was injured in a game against Cleveland, so it'll be like nothing ever happened.

Jeter's feeling close to 100%, so his injury should no longer be a factor once he's back. As far as his run towards 3,000 hits is concerned - he's currently stuck at 2,994 - the Yankees will play three in Cleveland, then four at home against Tampa Bay, then eight in Toronto and Tampa. So Jeter has a narrow window of opportunity to come up with number 3,000 at home.

As Jeter's fill-in at shortstop, Eduardo Nunez has batted .277 since June 14 with a .716 OPS. When Jeter returns, Nunez will re-occupy his usual spot on the bench.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees Shortstop Runs, Fields Grounders

Derek Jeter is on the disabled list with a minor calf strain. You may have heard about this. His run toward 3,000 hits was rudely interrupted by the injury, and he's currently working himself back into shape.

Wednesday's update: progress!

There is no timetable for Derek Jeter's return from a strained right calf, but the Yankees captain is making progress in his rehabilitation program.
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Along with some power, Jeter showed progress in his baserunning. He picked up his speed from past days on sprints around the diamond. He ran seven from home plate to first, one from first to second base and two from first to third base.

Jeter took a few sessions in batting practice. He ran the bases with moderate intensity. He fielded a handful of grounders, and made a handful of throws. The running is the most important part, since Jeter hurt his leg and only started running on Monday. He's getting closer, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the lineup.

When, specifically, will that be? I don't know, but soon. The Yankees begin a six-game road trip on July 1, and return home on July 7. While Jeter still has more rehabbing to do, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him join that road trip in progress.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees Shortstop Works Out, Targets Return Date

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who suffered a Grade 1 calf strain on June 13 and went on the disabled list, stalling his quest for 3,000 hits at 2,994, had his first workout since the injury on Tuesday and hopes to return to action soon:

Jeter did some throwing and played long-toss on a field at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa, then worked out inside and received treatment.

“He’s going in the right direction,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees remain hopeful that Jeter will be able to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible on June 29, although Girardi indicated that the Captain would likely need to play a minor-league rehab game or two before coming back.

The Yankees will be in the second of a three-game interleague series with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 29; after that, they go on a six-game road trip. However, the first three games of that trip are no farther than a subway ride for Yankees fans; they’ll be playing the Mets at Citi Field; after that they head to Cleveland. It would be a fascinating scene if Jeter got his 3,000th career hit in the home of the Yankees’ crosstown rivals.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Calf Strain Sends Yankees Shortstop To DL

With Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter rapidly approaching 3,000 career regular season hits, the thought did cross my mind that it would be kind of funny if he got hurt. So I guess you can blame me for this if you want. 

Jeter was removed from Monday's game after pulling up while running the bases. An MRI revealed a Grade 1 calf strain -- the most minor kind of calf strain -- but the Yankees were leaning towards putting Jeter on the disabled list, and now, via Wallace Matthews, we find it's official:

The Yankees put shortstop Derek Jeter on the disabled list with a calf strain Tuesday.
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Ramiro Pena was added to the roster prior to Tuesday's game.

The Yankees waited to make an official announcement until after Joe Girardi met with team doctors Tuesday afternoon. This way, not only does Jeter get some rest, but the Yankees also won't have to play with a short bench during a six-game trip to National League ballparks. Jeter will be eligible to return at the end of the month for a home series against the Brewers.

Eduardo Nunez and his .594 OPS will presumably hold down the shortstop position until Jeter comes back. Nunez's middle name, according to Baseball-Reference, is Michelle. Consider this.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees 'Strongly Considering' DL

Via tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman, we learn this morning that Derek Jeter’s calf strain, though diagnosed as “Grade 1”, the mildest form, still may put him on the disabled list. Why?

#yankees giving strong consideration to dl-ing jeter. Team concerned about being short in nl parks

Without being able to use the DH in Chicago’s Wrigley Field and in Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Yankees are apparently worried that they wouldn’t have a deep enough bench, with having to pinch-hit for pitchers, if Jeter were active and unable to play on certain days.

There’s no official word on this, of course. If Jeter does hit the disabled list, he would not be eligible to return until June 29. On that day, the Yankees will be playing the second of a three-game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers, before taking off on a six-game road trip. The first three games of that “trip”, though, will be at Citi Field in New York against the Mets, so many Yankee fans could see those games.

There are many factors to consider as Jeter gets close to 3000 career hits. The upcoming schedule, clearly, is one of them.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees Captain Has Mild Calf Strain

During Monday night's game, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter took a step towards history when he collected his 2,994th career regular season hit. However, he later had to be removed from the game with soreness in his calf, having hurt himself running.

The Yankees immediately sent their shortstop in for an MRI to gain a clearer understanding of how badly he was injured. Via Joel Sherman, we get the results:

Jeter grade 1 strain in right calf. Not announcing if DL tonight

A grade 1 strain is the mildest of the three grades, implying minimal damage. Though the Yankees haven't made anything known with regard to Jeter's status just yet, the likelihood is that he'll avoid a DL stint and be day-to-day until he's better.

Until Jeter's back in the lineup, one can expect Eduardo Nunez to hold the shortstop position down. And until Jeter's back in the lineup, Yankees fans will have to wait to witness his milestone.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees Shortstop Leaves Game With Calf Injury On Road To 3,000 Hits

In the first inning of Monday night's game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, Derek Jeter recorded the 2,994th hit of his career. In the bottom of the fifth inning, though, things took a different turn. From MLB.com:

Derek Jeter exits Indians-Yankees game with apparent leg injury in the fifth.

Uh-oh. The injury came on a seemingly innocuous fly out from Jeter against Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Jeter ran hard out of the batter's box and pulled up almost right away. He left the game with what is being described as a right-calf injury.

Eduardo Nunez took over at short in the game, and he will likely get the bulk of the playing time should Jeter be out for an extended period, but that sort of talk is a little premature. Entering Monday night's game, Jeter was hitting .259 with a delightfully symmetrical .324 on-base percentage and .324 slugging percentage.

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