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Jeter won't return before Friday

Jeter won't return before Friday

Jeter won't return before Friday
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be out of the lineup until at least Friday with a stiff left calf.

Jeter, 37, was originally expected to return to action on Tuesday, but the Yankees are treating his injury conservatively after he missed time last season with a right calf injury. Jeter hasn't played since last Wednesday.

"I haven't run," Jeter said. "Being cautious makes sense."

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Manager Joe Girardi said that there was no reason to play Jeter the next two days, which would have him taking long bus trips to Port Charlotte, Fla., (Rays) and Fort Myers, Fla., (Red Sox).

"Last year, his calf became an issue," Girardi said. "Even though it's a different one, I don't want it to become an issue. We have some long road trips Wednesday and Thursday, so if I can buy him some time, I'll buy it."

Jeter took batting practice indoors on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. He is expected to return to the field for workouts on Thursday, testing the calf on the infield dirt.

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