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Jeter hits DL six hits shy of 3,000

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter's final push for 3,000 hits is on hold.

The Yankees put their star shortstop on the 15-day disabled list for the first time since 2003 because of a strained right calf, making the move before Tuesday night's game against the AL champion Rangers.

Jeter limped off the field Monday night against the Indians, four innings after he got his 2,994th hit.

"I guess the timing wasn't very good," Jeter said Tuesday. "It's a little bit frustrating. But even if I wasn't at this point, I'd still be frustrated. I don't like not to play. Whether it's going for 3,000 hits or 100 hits, I'd rather be out there playing."

Nearing his 37th birthday, Jeter is known for playing through injuries and is reluctant to take time off. In his 17th season, this is his fifth trip to the DL. The 11-time All-Star was still trying to persuade the team not to make the move hours before the decision was made.

With three games left on this homestand, Jeter and his teammates hoped he would get the historic hit at Yankee Stadium before heading out on a six-game trip to play the Cubs and Reds.

Jeter still could get No. 3,000 at home. He's eligible to come off the DL on June 29, the middle of a three-game series in the Bronx against the Brewers. More likely he'll reach the milestone on the road against the crosstown rival Mets or in Cleveland.

INFIELDER RETIRES: Veteran INF Ronnie Belliard retired after playing one final game for the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley club. Belliard, 36, batted .273 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage in 13 seasons and was an All-Star for the Indians in 2004.

DODGERS IN DEBT: Beleaguered Dodgers owner Frank McCourt appears to have "no chance" to meet the June 30 payroll without a cash infusion from a new television contract with Fox, the Los Angeles Times reported. If McCourt misses payroll, commissioner Bud Selig could make the payments for him, seize the team and put it up for sale.

ANGELS: RH reliever Fernando Rodney went on the 15-day disabled list with a nagging upper back injury.

ASTROS: Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg was fired and replaced on an interim basis by former reliever Doug Brocail. The team cited philosophical differences.

BLUE JAYS: Rookie RHP Kyle Drabek was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Drabek, 23, had a 5.70 ERA in 14 starts. RHP Zach Stewart was called up from Double-A New Hampshire.

BRAVES: 1B Freddie Freeman was scratched with a mild right oblique strain.

CUBS: OF Reed Johnson was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and RHP Chris Carpenter was promoted from Double-A Tennessee. OF Tyler Colvin and RHP Casey Coleman were sent to Triple-A Iowa.

INDIANS: RHP Jason Knapp, 20, one of the key prospects acquired in the trade for LHP Cliff Lee, had a second shoulder operation. … DH Travis Hafner began a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron and hopes to return this weekend from an injured side muscle.

METS: Slumping LF Jason Bay was out of the starting lineup. The team also was without 3B Justin Turner, who is expected to miss a couple of days with swelling in his right hand.

NATIONALS: All-Star 3B Ryan Zimmerman was activated from the disabled list after he missed 58 games because of an injured abdominal muscle.

ORIOLES: Pitching coach Mark Connor, who was in his first season with the team, resigned for personal reasons. Bullpen coach Rick Adair took over.

PADRES: LHP Wade LeBlanc was called up from Triple-A Tucson to aid a banged-up rotation.

TWINS: A cortisone shot in 1B Justin Morneau's left wrist Sunday has yet to take, and he could land on the disabled list.

Jeter hits DL six hits shy of 3,000 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:53pm]

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