Via USA Today –
Derek Jeter played his first game at Yankee Stadium since fracturing his ankle some eight months ago. And then departed early with another injury.
Jeter singled and drove in a run in four at-bats Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, finally returning from two ankle surgeries in the wake of a gruesome ankle injury suffered in the American League Championship Series.
But after his right quadriceps muscle tightened up, he conferred with trainers and manager Joe Girardi before his fifth at-bat, and was removed for pinch hitter Brett Gardner.
Jeter will undergo an MRI on the quadricep.
“It’s not frustrating. Yet,” Jeter said after the Yankees’ 8-4 victory. “I’m going to get an MRI. I hope it’s not a big deal.”
Jeter began playing in rehab games more than a week ago. At 39, it’s somewhat understandable he’d have a few creaks in trying to return.
It was an uncharacteristically cautious Jeter who met with the media after the game, striking a wait-and-see pose rather than his usual, defiant tone toward injury questions.
“If it’s all good,” he said of the MRI, “then I’m playing.”
Man, it’s really been that kind of a year, hasn’t it?