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Friday, September 12, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Chase Headley, Derek Jeter


By on 9/12/2014 07:30:00 AM

Two New York Yankees were hurt by pitches that struck them on Thursday night, but thankfully it seems that neither was as serious as it could have been. MLB.com's Jake Kring-Schriefels reports that Chase Headley was able to walk off the field after taking a scary pitch to the chin in the ninth, while Derek Jeter was plunked on the left elbow the inning before but remained in the game.

Manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com that considering the pitch that hit Headley was a 96mph fastball (seen below), the outcome was relatively good:
"He's really pretty clear talking to him in there. You're not sure when you get hit like that how you're going to be. He never lost consciousness from what I saw and seemed as good as you could seem getting hit with a [96]-mph fastball."

Headley will apparently be X-rayed but is not expected to need stitches for the cut that he suffered. It was one of two alarming hit-by-pitches of the night, along with what looks like a much more serious injury to Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton.

Jeter had X-rays on his elbow after being hit by Brad Boxberger but they came back negative. The Yankees were not sure whether the retiring shortstop would be able to play on Friday. Jeter's swansong has been accompanied by much fanfare but perhaps not the on-field performance he would have hoped for, as he holds a career-worst (excepting last year's severely injury-shortened season) line of .255/.303/.304 and is barely above replacement level, per Baseball-Reference.

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