BOSTON — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list Friday, knocking him out of the three-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox — and beyond.
The Yankees placed their captain on the 15-day DL with a strained right quadriceps that he injured in his first game back last week after being out all season with a broken left ankle. Jeter rejected the possibility that he returned too soon from the injury he sustained in last year’s playoffs.
“I don’t think that’s the case,” he told reporters at Fenway Park before the series opener on Friday. “I was ready to come back; I came back; I was running fine. This happened, but this happens to guys who go through full spring trainings and play a lot of games.”
The Yankees had waited to make a decision, using the four days of the All-Star break for the shortstop to receive treatment. Jeter said he had hoped to play against the Red Sox, but he hadn’t tested his leg in anything close to a game environment.
“Right now, it’s fine. But I haven’t run,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they’ll make me run before they have me play.”
Jeter, 39, broke his left ankle in the opener of the AL championship series last October, then spent the winter and the first 3½ months of the season getting back to the field. After just four rehabilitation games, the Yankees pushed up his return after Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner got hurt.
Jeter had been telling the team he was ready to return, and general manager Brian Cashman said he received positive reports from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jeter returned to a huge ovation and beat out an infield hit on the first pitch he saw in the majors this year.