An MRI on shortstop Derek Jeter’s right quadriceps Thursday revealed a Grade 1 strain, the New York Yankees said Friday.
General Manager Brian Cashman said Jeter would sit out the weekend series with the Minnesota Twins and be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. The Yankees’ first game after the All-Star Game is Friday night, when they meet the Red Sox in Boston.
And while Cashman said it was possible that Jeter would be able to play by then, he also said it was possible that Jeter would require more days to heal. He said he also could not rule out a return to the disabled list: If Jeter goes on the DL, he would not be eligible to return until July 27.
Jeter, who broke his left ankle in October and then sustained another break during his rehabilitation in April, made his 2013 Yankees debut Thursday against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.
He was 1-for-4 in the game, but he felt tightness in his right quadriceps while grounding out to second in the fifth inning in his third at-bat. He was later removed from the game.
“We’ll have to give it some time and see how he responds,” Cashman said.
Zimmerman has neck injury
Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in the All-Star Game due to a neck injury.
Zimmermann had an X-ray and MRI to determine the severity of the injury, but manager Davey Johnson does not believe he will need to go on the disabled list.
“I’m really concerned about him,” Johnson said. “I know he had some tests done today and they feel it’s soft tissue that’s the problem. It’s something with rest that he could probably get by.”
Padres’ pitcher to have surgery
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black says starter Clayton Richard will have surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Richard was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The Padres also reinstated first baseman Yonder Alonso and second baseman Jedd Gyorko from the 15-day disabled list, selected right-hander Sean O’Sullivan from Triple-A Tucson and placed infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles’ tendinitis.
The Padres also sent right-hander Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Tucson and shortstop Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment.
Orioles demote Jurrjens
The Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of right-handed reliever Jairo Asencio and designated pitcher Jair Jurrjens for assignment.
Asencio had 20 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 34 games with Triple-A Norfolk. The 30-year-old broke into the majors with Atlanta in 2009 and has also pitched for the Indians and the Cubs.
Jurrjens was removed from the 40-man roster. Jurrjens appeared in two games with Baltimore but has been pitching for Norfolk this month.
Baltimore optioned pitcher Josh Stinson to Norfolk on Thursday.