MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Jeter has tightness in his right quadriceps on the same leg that gave him so many problems last year after he tried to return from his ankle surgery. He was already scheduled to take Saturday off, but because of lingering soreness, manager Joe Girardi sat him out Sunday night against the Red Sox, too. Dean Anna filled in at shortstop for both games.
According to Hoch, there are no tests or evaluations scheduled for the Yankee captain, and he is available for pinch hitting, which indicates that the soreness is less severe than last year's strain. He may even play again on Tuesday when the Yankees host the Chicago Cubs. Girardi explained why he sat his future Hall of Fame shortstop Sunday night. Said Girardi,
"He's not real happy, but I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks if something was to happen.... I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday as of right now. He's 39 years old, and I think you have to be smart about it and understand there are times you're going to have to give him a day off. I ran him out there seven days in a row, and it's something that I'll think about the next time."Jeter is in his final season, all with the Yankees. This is his 20th season, which leads the Yankees all-time. He is currently eighth on the all-time hit list with 3,326, passing Paul Molitor just as the season began. He has a realistic chance of ending his career in sixth place if he can amass 94 more hits to pass Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski.