But he left the game against Kansas City on July 11 in the eighth inning when his quad tightened in his third at-bat.
“I don’t think they trust me too much anymore,” he said at Fenway Park.
Jeter said at the time he hoped the strain was “not a big deal.” He missed the weekend series against Minnesota and hoped to avoid the DL.
“It’s frustrating. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my ankle right and get back on the field, which I did,” he said Friday. “Finally, when that was good to go something else happens. These things happen. I’ve played entire spring trainings and pulled a muscle at the end. I think a lot of times people want to try to tie one to the other. It’s not necessarily the case.”
The Yankees also signed infielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Jeter joins Mark Teixeira (wrist surgery), outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken pinkie) and catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand), who have been hurt and then had setbacks or second injuries.
Teixeira returned briefly before season-ending surgery. Cervelli developed a stress reaction and is shut down for now. Granderson broke his forearm in his first at-bat in spring training only to be hit again after eight games back.
Despite all the injuries, the Yankees were 51-44 at the All-Star break, six games behind first-place Boston but in fourth in the AL East. They were three games out of the last wild-card spot.
“It happens to every team, every year. Injuries are a part of it,” Jeter said. “I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t kind of odd the way things have been happening. You get guys back, they get hurt again. The number of guys is something that I haven’t seen here since I’ve been here, but other teams have to deal with it too.”