Derek Jeter leaves game vs. Red Sox with injury

BOSTON – Yankees captain Derek Jeter was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox after aggravating a bone bruise in his left ankle running out an eighth-inning double play ball.

But Jeter said that he has been battling the injury at least since the Yankees’ recent series at Tropicana Field and expects to be in the lineup on Thursday against the Red Sox.

“I don’t talk about it. You play or you don’t. I’m going to play so it’s fine,” Jeter said.

Jeter was batting in the eighth inning against Red Sox reliever Chris Carpenter when he slapped a grounder to second base, hustling down the line. Jeter was thrown out at first base and limped into right field, bending over in apparent pain.

Head athletic trainer Steve Donohue and manager Joe Girardi came onto the field to speak with Jeter, who walked off after a brief discussion.

“I told him I was fine, really,” Jeter said. “I told him I was fine to stay in. That was basically the extent of the conversation.”


mickey: Hope it goes as smoothly and as easily as you have outlined. Great to be positive and I hope the Yankees win the title too obviously. But I think the O’s are for real and the Rays. They won’t go away easily even if their schedule down the stretch is more difficult than the yankees. Let’s take it 1 game at a time. Tonight, we need this one to keep pace.


What else do you expect from Derek Jeter? He is the MVP. I don’t care about that fat boy in Detroit or that youngster in California———this is the MVP.

Andy P.—-put him in rotation. I’m telling you he’ll compete and win. He’s got 75 pitches in him and let Phelps finish. Nova is ready to go——get Garcia back in pen as the long guy. Joe G. showed panic last night with bullpen——-too many changes, too fast. Relax, win tonight, run off 8 at home——-cruise into playoffs——–this is the Yankee way.


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