Yankees star Derek Jeter back on disabled list

’s comeback from a broken ankle lasted not even one full game, and now the questions are swirling on whether the team allowed him to come back too quickly.

The Yankees’ captain is back on the disabled list, this time with a grade 1 quadriceps strain. The move is retroactive to July 12. Because the move is retroactive Jeter is eligible to return on July 27, but that’s far from guaranteed. The grade 1 strain is the lowest possible grade, but at age 39 and given how much time he missed with the broken ankle who knows how quickly Jeter will heal this time around. Brent Lillibridge has been promoted from Triple-A to take Jeter’s roster spot for the time being. Lillibridge, a 29-year-old journeyman, has experienced a power surge in his brief stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He swatted seven homers in 23 games, with a 1.116 on-base plus slugging percentage.

After missing the first 90 games of the season Jeter returned from a broken ankle last Thursday, only to injure his quadriceps midway through his first game back. He said his quad tightened up during his third at-bat, and added he didn’t think this injury came from pushing too hard in his debut. Jeter used the All-Star break to rest up, hoping to avoid a return to the disabled list.

This is a huge loss as the Yankees have been struggling for more than a month and are falling further and further out of the playoff race. A healthy Jeter could really provide a boost for the Yankees’ offense, as Yankees shortstops are collectively hitting just .210/.268/.279 so far this season. In 159 games last season, Jeter hit .316/.362/.429.

Jeter joins Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis as Yankees stars who have come off the disabled list this year only to get hurt again. Now the Yankees will see what happens with Alex Rodriguez, who is scheduled to join the team on Monday for his first game of the season. New York begins a series against Boston on Friday night.

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