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Despite exit, Jeter unlikely to miss time

Despite exit, Jeter unlikely to miss time

MINNEAPOLIS -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter suffered a bruised left instep after fouling a ball off his foot in Tuesday's 9-6 victory over the Twins, though manager Joe Girardi said he does not expect the All-Star shortstop to miss any playing time.

Jeter is believed to have suffered the injury batting in the fourth inning against Minnesota right-hander Nick Blackburn. He was hobbled briefly but remained in the game, stroking hits in his next three at-bats. Girardi lifted Jeter for pinch-runner Melky Cabrera in the ninth inning representing the go-ahead run with Alex Rodriguez batting.

"I think he'll play tomorrow," Girardi said after the game. "I just felt that if Alex hit a ball in the gap, I wasn't sure that he could score at that point. He's icing, X-rays are negative and we expect him to play tomorrow. We'll see."

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Jeter, 34, is batting .284 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs in 113 games for New York this season. Girardi said he was not surprised that Jeter would not want to miss a start.

"He's always been a tough kid -- I guess maybe he's not a kid anymore," Girardi said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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