The MRI on New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter revealed that he has a grade-one quad strain.
This took place in his third big league at-bat of the season after returning from a fractured ankle that occurred in the 2012 playoffs. He hit a ground-ball to the second baseman and tried to beat out an infield single, and was casually grabbing at his leg as he walked to the dugout.
The plan as of now is to rest Jeter until after the All-Star break and hope that the problem solves itself. The main goal is to keep him off of the disabled list, but with Jeter’s age, who knows how quickly this quad injury will heal.
This injury is more than frustrating and will most likely linger for some time. Father Time stops for no one and now, it seems like it is kicking Jeter’s rear end. I do believe that this is an age issue, and even though Jeter said last night that he’s been running all over during rehab, trying to beat out an infield single in the Bronx is different from doing sprints in the outfield in Tampa.
So back to the same Yankees lineup: top heavy with lefties and a bunch of weak-hitting righties at the end of the order. Eduardo Nunez will not have to worry about switching positions, and Luis Cruz is still going to be the Yankees starting third-baseman.
Even though there is new news in the Yankees clubhouse, the team just became a lot less interesting.