The New York Yankees home-stand nightmare continued on Monday night in the fifth inning.
On a hit fly out, Captain Derek Jeter suffered obvious calf pain in his right leg as he was running out of the batter’s box. Jeter immediately went straight down the stairs into the clubhouse with the Yankees trainer, Gene Monahan and that was enough to send Yankee Universe into panic mode.
Earlier in the first inning, Jeter got a hit, moving him just six shy of making history as the first New York Yankee to ever reach 3000 hits and 28th in the history of the game.
Jeter and Yankee fans were hoping to see the Captain accomplish this moment at home. Before the injury Jeter had the remainder of Monday’s 1-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians, as well as a three-game set against the Texas Rangers to try and do this at home, in New York.
My guess is Jeter will not play in the Rangers series at all, but could be back in the Yankees line-up in a week.
How do I know this?
I don’t; and I am absolutely NOT asserting otherwise regarding Jeter’s condition, other than it is a Grade I calf strain and I wanted to learn about it.
Still, it is the Captain so I did some research on the web to find out what and how severe this injury can be regarding limiting of activity etc.
Here are two must-reads, which helped me attempt to remotely understand what is going on with the Captain:
First checkout, Dr. Jonathan Cluett, a top orthopedic surgeon’s article on About.com called Calf Strain – - A Common Sports Injury that gives a complete rundown of typical calf strain. Dr. Cluett defines a Grade I, which is what Jeter was diagnosed with as:
Grade I Calf Strain: Mild discomfort, often-minimal disability. Usually minimal or no limits to activity.
Second, I went to the Hospital For Special Surgery’s website, as the doctors for most pro-teams reside there.
I found that this 2010 article, Muscle Injuries: An Overview by Lawrence V. Gulotta, MD, gave a more detailed explanation of strains and here is his definition of Jeter’s type of diagnosis:
Grade 1: Mild damage to individual muscle fibers (less than 5% of fibers) that causes minimal loss of strength and motion. These injuries generally take about 2-3 weeks to improve.
Who knows if this correlates at all to Jeter’s injury, but it looks as if the Captain will miss some games but he is said to be getting reevaluated Tuesday morning, so more will be shared after that.
For now, another Yankee bites the dust and for Jeter it could not come at a worse time, six hits away from making baseball history.
Yankee fans will just have to wait and experience life without the Captain on the field, as that will be reality soon whether we like it or not. Speaking for myself, I hope Jeter plays forever.
Looking over the last week, the Yankees have had a lot go wrong. Losing first place, while getting swept by the Boston Red Sox, and the DL pile-up, that is getting scarier by the day.
Well, if the saying bad things come in threes is at all true, the injuries to Chamberlain, Colon and now the Captain might finally put a stop to the Yankees ever-growing DL list.
- Jeter’s 3,000 hits chase interrupted by calf injury (reuters.com)
- Derek Jeter Injury: Yankees Star Limps Toward First Base, Leaves Game (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jeter limps toward first base, leaves game (fanaticsportsandcards.com)
- Jeter limps toward first base, comes out (boston.com)
- Jeter limps off field with sore calf (msn.foxsports.com)
- Jeter gets to 2,994, later leaves game with sore calf (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Derek Jeter Injured In His Quest To Reach 3,000 Hits (businessinsider.com)
- Jeter Hurt, Yankees Leave Brilliant Burnett Out To Dry (newyork.cbslocal.com)