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Jeter out of lineup with bruised heel

Jeter out of lineup with bruised heel

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NEW YORK -- Shortstop Derek Jeter was a late scratch from the Yankees' starting lineup against the Mets on Saturday because of a bruised right heel. Jeter suffered the injury lunging for first base in Friday's 4-0 loss.

Jeter received treatment before Saturday's game, but no tests were scheduled.

Ramiro Pena, who was originally in the lineup at third base, shifted over to shortstop, with Kevin Russo taking over at the hot corner. Brett Gardner was bumped up to the leadoff spot.

After an excellent 30-game stretch from mid-May to mid-June, Jeter has cooled off a bit on this homestand for the Yankees, having collected a mere two hits in his past 21 at-bats. Not coincidentally, the Yankees' offense has struggled to score runs over that stretch.

Saturday is only the second game Jeter hasn't started this season, with the other coming against the Rangers on April 18, when he had a head cold. The shortstop has averaged 151 games per season in his 14 full seasons with the Yankees.

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