Jeter Goes Hitless in Injury Return as Yankees Lose to Jays 5-2

Derek Jeter returned to the New York Yankees’ lineup and went hitless in his sixth game of the season.

Jeter, the Yankees’ 39-year-old shortstop and captain, went 0-for-3 with two groundouts, a strikeout and a walk in last night’s 5-2 loss in Toronto. It was the Yankees’ second defeat in 14 games against the Blue Jays this season.

Jeter missed the first 91 games of the Major League Baseball season while recovering from a fractured left ankle. He strained a thigh muscle while running the bases in his season debut on July 11, forcing him to miss 12 more games, and returned to the disabled list Aug. 5 with a strained calf muscle.

“Everything looked fine,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters last night. “I’m curious to see how he’ll feel tomorrow, but he looked good.”

Jeter is hitting .182 with one home run and two runs batted in this season.

“It’s good having him back,” Girardi said. “It gives us more depth. He’s a guy who’s been very good at the top of the lineup and at shortstop. It’s nice to write his name in.”

The Blue Jays snapped a 2-2 tie last night with three runs in the fifth inning. Toronto scored the go-ahead run on an error by Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and added two more runs off starting pitcher Phil Hughes on a double by Adam Lind and a sacrifice fly by Moises Sierra.

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