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Jeter injures pinkie; in Sunday's lineup

Jeter injures pinkie; in Sunday's lineup

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter was removed in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 6-4 Grapefruit League victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday with a bruised left pinkie knuckle. He was in Sunday's starting lineup against the Pirates, batting leadoff and playing shortstop.

Asked Sunday morning about the extent of his injury, Jeter replied: "I didn't even know I was hurt."

The play in question occurred in the top of the first inning, when Jeter hit a sharp ground ball that second baseman Martin Prado bobbled. First baseman Greg Norton received Prado's hurried throw, but he collided with Jeter, and both players fell to the ground.

Jeter remained in the game and flied out in the fourth before he was replaced in New York's lineup on a double-switch for the bottom half of the frame.

After spending the better part of three weeks playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Jeter said that he would expect to play in almost all of the Yankees' remaining Spring Training games. New York has four Grapefruit League games left on the schedule before traveling north to open the new Yankee Stadium with a pair of exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs on April 3 and 4.

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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