Jeter has strained quad, out through All-Star break
"It could resolve itself, but we can't rule out an eventual trip to the disabled list, although that's certainly something we're hoping to avoid," general manager Brian Cashman said in revealing the diagnosis Friday afternoon. "We'll have to give it time and see how it responds and go from there."
“It’s frustrating...I don’t know what else you want me to say," Jeter later said in an official statement released by the team. "I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”
Jeter left Thursday's game, his first appearance of the season, after four at-bats with what the team called tightness in his quad, and an MRI performed Thursday night revealed the injury.
"I was certainly caught off-guard when I got the call from Stevie Donohue that Derek was coming out of the game," Cashman said. "Derek said it was a cramp. A cramp for Derek is usually something much more than that."
Cashman wouldn't rule out a return when the Yankees begin the second half in Boston. Joe Girardi confirmed that Jeter "was in a good frame of mind" and "wants to see where he's at and give it a shot after these seven days are up." But the GM also didn't want anyone to think that was the expectation either.
"I wouldn't rule it out, but it's possible we may have to backdate something," Cashman said, referring to a possible DL stint. "Derek wants to take the extra time and see where he's at during the break. The best case is that it's resolved quickly, but we have to be careful."
Cashman also said that he had "a comfort level" with bringing Jeter in to DH in New York on Thursday afternoon after a night game in Scranton -- saying the plan was for him to DH for the RailRiders on Thursday before coming back to the Bronx to play shortstop on Friday anyway -- but that "if it wasn't fine, that's my responsibility."
"I guess it could've [happened from bringing him back too quickly], but I got reports that he was moving well and running well," Cashman said. "I told him he could stay in Scranton and drive here in the morning, or if he's a night owl like me, to come back that night…but that was after I went through the checklist and made sure that he was ready."
Instead, Cashman stressed that Jeter was coming back from multiple breaks in the same ankle in a short span.
"Stuff can happen, and this game isn't easy. There's a lot of starts and stops," Cashman said. "I don't want to say it's Father Time knocking at his door as much as he's coming back from something big. You look at the kinetic chain. If he's not 100 percent down the line, something's going to give."
All that said, both Cashman and Girardi believe he'll be back sooner than later.
"I have faith he'll persevere and overcome," the GM said, with Girardi adding that Jeter's desire to get back right away is "typical Derek Jeter."
And as for not having the captain in the lineup once again?
"It's not a big deal. We'll get through it, and as long as a couple guys don't have something happen today, we'll be fine," the skipper said.
"This is something we've gotten used to," Cashman added, "but there are a lot of pros in that clubhouse. They're down for Derek. But they all appreciate their chances and want everyone to be back so they can be the best team they can be."
In other injury notes, Girardi said that Travis Hafner "seems OK" and thinks Pronk will be available Friday. Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez is set to play seven innings for the Tampa Yankees on Friday, and Curtis Granderson was right around being ready to take dry swings down in Tampa.