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Derek Jeter’s Calf Injury May Put Chase for 3,000 Hits on Hold

Jeter’s Calf Injury May Put Chase for 3,000 Hits on Hold
Derek Jeter had a single in three at-bats - giving him 2,994 hits for his career - before leaving the game after the fifth inning. Photographer: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees may not reach the 3,000-hit milestone at home after suffering an injury to his right calf during last night’s 1-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Jeter had a single in three at-bats -- giving him 2,994 hits for his career -- before leaving the game after the fifth inning. He was taken for medical tests, the results of which weren’t immediately available.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to discover here, but obviously he looked pretty sore,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said during a news conference. “We’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it’s not too serious.”

The Yankees start a three-game series today against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium before leaving for a six-game road trip to Chicago and Cincinnati.

“It’s frustrating,” said Girardi, adding that Jeter will likely miss at least today’s game. “To be six hits away, you would have hoped he could have done it on this homestand.”

Jeter, 36, is seeking to become the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 hits. He’d be the first to do so in a Yankee uniform.

Jeter was replaced by Eduardo Nunez after a fly out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeter may have been injured as he ran out of the batter’s box, Girardi said.

“We’re worried about it,” Girardi said. “He just walked off the field and you could tell he was done. He said it wasn’t real tight when they examined him. I couldn’t tell you what it is. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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