The bad news -
Derek Jeter will not play against the Padres on Saturday or Sunday due to lingering soreness in his right quad, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed. The team captain also has some soreness in his calf.
Jeter, 39, missed a little more than two weeks with a Grade 1 quad strain last month. He had played four games after coming off the DL last Sunday, all at shortstop. The Yankees told Jeter to scale back his effort level running the bases in hopes of avoid a setback.
Offseason ankle surgery and the quad problem have limited Jeter to five games this season. He’s gone 4-for-19 (.211) with a home runs, two walks and no strikeouts during that time. Just last season, Jeter hit .316/.362/.429 (115 OPS+) with a league-leading 216 hits.
The Yankees are hoping Jeter can avoid a third DL stint and return to the lineup on Monday, when they’re set to open a series with the White Sox in Chicago. Girardi said he could be available to pinch-hit this weekend.
Get used to it. Next year isn’t going to be any better.