Manager Joe Girardi said after the game the injury likely dates back to Sunday's 15-0 win over the Mets, when Gary Sheffield slid hard into Jeter's legs trying to break up a double play in the fourth inning. Jeter left that contest after six frames with the Yankees holding a 13-0 lead, but there was no indication at the time he was hurt. Jeter went 4-for-4 that day with two RBIs.
"He said he woke up a little sore yesterday, and it was sore to run today," Girardi said. "We noticed for the first time when he was running tonight that he had a little hitch, and it seemed to get worse and worse, and that's why we got him out of there."
Jeter was unavailable for comment after the game on Tuesday.
Jeter started the night playing shortstop and batting leadoff, and did not appear to have an injury. But in the sixth inning, on a ground out to third, television replays showed Jeter favoring his leg while running to first base. He went 0-for-3 with a walk before being replaced by Ramiro Pena, who picked up an RBI base hit in the eighth.
"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said. "I hope that he wakes up and it's all gone. My sense is that won't be the case, but we'll check him out tomorrow when he gets here."
Jared Diamond is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.