NEW YORK – Derek Jeter wasn’t going to take it easy, not after spending 91 agonizing games sidelined with a broken ankle. That’s not Jeter.
But in his first game this season, Jeter, 39, strained his right quadriceps in his third at-bat Thursday. He will miss the weekend series against Minnesota and the New York Yankees won’t rule out a return to the disabled list.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else you want me to say,” Jeter said in a statement. “I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team. It’s not how you draw it up but hopefully I’ll be back there soon and help this team win some games.”
After just four rehabilitation games, the Yankees pushed up Jeter’s return one day after Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner got hurt Wednesday night. Jeter had been telling the team he was ready to return, and General Manager Brian Cashman said reports from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were positive.
• Alex Rodriguez struck out twice and went hitless for Class A Tampa, dropping to 2 for 18 with one RBI and five strikeouts during his injury rehabilitation assignment.
The Yankees wanted Rodriguez to travel to Buffalo, where Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is playing this weekend, but Rodriguez told the Yankees he was too worn down to go.
PHILLIES: Center fielder Ben Revere broke his right foot on a foul ball before grounding into a game-ending double play in the opener of a day-night double header against the Chicago White Sox.
Revere fell after hitting the ball off his foot but shook it off and stayed in. He didn’t make it down the line quickly to avoid making the last out of a 5-4 loss in 11 innings.
PIRATES: Pitcher Jeff Locke will sit out next week’s All-Star game because of stiffness in his lower back.
Locke will also skip his scheduled start Sunday against the New York Mets. Rookie Gerrit Cole will start in Locke’s place.
CUBS: Chicago claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from San Francisco.
Gillespie was hitless in nine at-bats over three games with the Giants before he was designated for assignment Tuesday. He will join the Cubs before Sunday night’s game against St. Louis.
ASTROS: The low-budget team made an investment in its future, signing second baseman Jose Altuve to a four-year contract through 2017.
Altuve’s deal covers his arbitration-eligible years, and includes club options for 2018 and 2019. If the options aren’t exercised, he would be a free agent after the 2017 season.
BRAVES: Atlanta, scrambling after injuries to three starting outfielders in two days, recalled outfielder Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett.
BLUE JAYS: Brett Lawrie was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing almost two months with a left ankle sprain.
WHITE SOX: Chicago called up left-hander Donnie Veal from Triple-A Charlotte.
DODGERS: Rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig was out of the lineup because of a sore left hip.