Yankees’ Derek Jeter heads to DL
Derek Jeter has been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his quad in his first game back with the New York Yankees this season.
According to the Associated Press, the Yankees used all four days of the All Star Break to allow the 39-year-old to receive treatment, but the injury did not improve. His stay will be retroactive to July 12, so he will be eligible to return on July 27.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else you want me to say,” Jeter said the next day after the injury. “I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”
Sports Illustrated questioned whether Jeter was rushed back to soon, noting that his he was originally supposed to be activated today, the first day after the All Star Break. Injuries to designated hitter Travis Hafner and center fielder Brett Gardner certainly played into the decision to activate Jeter early, however.
The injury-plagued Yankees already have superstars Mark Teixiera, Curtis Granderson, Francisco Cervelli, and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list, though Rodriguez is scheduled to return Monday. Despite the injuries, they are 51-44 as of the All Star Break, though that puts them six games behind Boston in the competitive American League East.