He was supposed to be at Steinbrenner Field.
He said he would be playing in the game on Tuesday vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He maintained that his sore left calf was, “not that big of an issue.”
Wait…have you heard this one before?
Yes, it was just last June when Jeter felt the same soreness, different leg.
His right calf soreness showed up as a Grade 1 strain after an MRI, and that turned into Jeter missing 18 games. He finally returned on July 4th but just six days later he couldn’t play or show up at the 2011 All-Star Game siting the injury as the reason.
So, should Yankees fans be concerned?
Yes, as it has already been a week, and Tuesday has suddenly turned into Friday. I mean seriously, Jeter’s sore right calf is starting to sound a little too much like the 2011 story.
When this all came to head last Wednesday, I remembered reading Jeter’s explanation in the Wall Street Journal:
“It’s really not that big of an issue, seriously. Just sore. Nothing out of the ordinary, I don’t think.”
Well let’s hope Jeter is correct because that quote doesn’t sound so encouraging anymore.
Skipper Joe Girardi didn’t even have Jeter on the line-up card and said, “Today he said he didn’t feel it.”
Honestly, I just have a bad feeling about this one.
If you want to get a better grip on what exactly is going on in the Captain’s calves, read this article on SB’s Baseball Nation by Dr. Ali Mohamadi called Derek Jeter Injury: A Medical Examination Of Yankee Star’s Calf Strain. It explains the injury in layman’s’ terms and I found it extremely helpful.