{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Jeter out of lineup for first time in 2009

Jeter out of lineup for first time in '09

|
TORONTO -- Derek Jeter was out of the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday with a sore right oblique, marking the first time this season the All-Star shortstop was not on manager Joe Girardi's lineup card.

Jeter was listed in the original clubhouse lineup for the Bombers' opener of a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter needed at least one more day to rest.

"It was just sore and it hasn't gotten any better," Jeter said. "It was their thinking that we had yesterday off, and another day or two can't hurt."

Girardi said that he first learned of Jeter's injury on Saturday, when the team was playing at Baltimore, but Jeter said that he actually first felt it during New York's homestand.

Jeter played in Sunday's series finale, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, and he is 3-for-12 on the current road trip.

"I've pulled that muscle before and been on the disabled list for two or three weeks," Jeter said. "I'm trying to avoid that."

Girardi said that the DL is not a possibility at this time, but the Yankees will guard against Jeter's oblique becoming worse, since those injuries do not typically heal quickly. The manager said Jeter tried to convince him to keep him in the lineup.

"He always does," Girardi said. "I just said, 'We have to be smart, because I don't want to lose you for an extended period of time.'"

Jeter was replaced at shortstop by rookie Ramiro Pena, and Brett Gardner jumped to the leadoff spot, having had some success (3-for-7 with a double coming into the game) against Toronto starter Roy Halladay. Pena went 1-for-3 in New York's 5-1 loss, while Gardner went 0-for-4.

"I don't like to sit out any games," Jeter said. "It's always annoying when you can't play."

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

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español