Jeter hit by pitch on hand, leaves game

NEW YORK – Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter suffered a bruised right middle finger after being hit by a fastball in the third inning of Sunday’s game and was lifted for a pinch-hitter one inning later. X-rays were negative and Jeter is considered day-to-day, the team said.

Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta drilled the captain near the knuckles of his throwing hand, causing Jeter to jump off in pain toward the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter was examined by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Gene Monahan and stayed in the game, playing defense in the top half of the fourth, but was pinch-hit for by Francisco Cervelli when his turn in the lineup came around.

Jeter went 0-for-1 in Sunday’s game and is batting .268 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 84 games. He has 3,020 career hits, tied with Rafael Palmeiro for 24th place on baseball’s all-time list.

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