Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Strain sits Jeter; Upton brothers hurt

NEW YORK — The Yankees' Derek Jeter was diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain and will not play this weekend against the Twins, GM Brian Cashman said Friday.

The injury, which occurred Thursday in his third at-bat as the DH in his first game back with the big-league club, isn't considered serious, and Jeter, 39, said his twice-broken ankle was fine.

"It's frustrating …" Jeter said. "It's not how you draw it up, but hopefully I'll be back out there soon and help this team win some games."

With the four-day All-Star break beginning Monday, the Yankees decided to give Jeter, who was injured running to first base, a full week to see if he can recover without going on the 15-day disabled list. He will rest and receive treatment. If he does not recover fully, he will have to go on the DL and would not be eligible to return until July 27. The Yankees will play with only 24 players until the break.

Meanwhile, 3B Alex Rodriguez met in Tampa with MLB officials investigating the distribution of banned PEDs through the antiaging clinic in South Florida, the Associated Press reported. But it was not known if A-Rod joined other players in refusing to answer MLB's questions. Rodriguez (hip) was to play seven innings for Class A Tampa, but the game was rained out.

Nat to Sit All-Star Game: Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in the All-Star Game because of a neck injury.

White Sox-Phillies: Rain in Philadelphia forced the teams to schedule a day-night doubleheader for today.

Blue Jays: The team failed to reach a deal with its top pick, Phil Bickford, the 10th overall selection in last month's draft. Bickford was the only first-rounder not to sign by Friday's deadline.

Braves: OF Jason Heyward said his strained right hamstring feels better and he's hoping to avoid the DL. … OF B.J. Upton left the game against the Reds with an apparent knee injury suffered while going for a ball.

Indians: Rookie RHP Danny Salazar, 23, was optioned back to Triple A one day after he took a no-hitter into the sixth in a spot start against Toronto.

Red Sox: Boston acquired reliever Matt Thornton and cash from the White Sox in exchange for minor-league OF Brandon Jacobs.

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