Derek Jeter isn’t in the New York Yankees’ starting lineup against Detroit today, after leaving last night’s loss to the Tigers because of a sore right hip.
Eduardo Nunez will take Jeter’s place at shortstop and bat ninth at Detroit’s Comerica Park, while left fielder Brett Gardner will hit in Jeter’s normal leadoff spot.
Jeter, 36, told reporters the injury was “really not an issue” after manager Joe Girardi took him out of last night’s 4-0 loss in the eighth inning. Jeter said he didn’t know when the injury occurred.
An 11-time Major League Baseball All-Star with a .313 career batting average, Jeter is hitting .250 this season with two extra base hits -- both doubles -- in 108 at-bats.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez also isn’t in the Yankees’ lineup today, with Eric Chavez starting in his place.