By Pat O'Rourke
For those of you flocking to Fenway this weekend in hopes of seeing Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, we’ve got bad news for you. The Yankees captain has been placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps.
The 39-year old missed the first 90 games of the season recovering from a broken ankle suffered in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS, and has played just one game in 2013, a July 11 matinee at Yankee Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. He reached base in his first at-bat, and would later score on a Vernon Wells sacrifice fly. Jeter finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI, but strained his quad during the game, and hasn’t played since.
The shortstop position has been a liability for the Yanks in 2013, as manager Joe Girardi has received just 17 extra-base hits and 26 RBI of offensive production to go along with a .210 batting average and a .548 OPS from the position. Just a shade of Jeter’s 2012-form, where he hit .316 and led the American League with 216 hits, would be an upgrade.
The Yankees have called up former Red Sox utility infielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and will also call upon Luis Cruz and Eduardo Nunez to carry the load for the Yanks in Jeter’s absence.
Jeter is eligible to return on July 27.