NEW YORK — Yankees star SS Derek Jeter limped out of Monday night's game against Cleveland with a strained right calf in the fifth inning, stalling his pursuit of 3,000 career hits.
An MRI exam showed a Grade I strain, the mildest type. The Yankees said they would decide the next step today, and they hope it's not a trip to the disabled list.
"I'm worried about him," manager Joe Girardi said. "Just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it's not too serious."
Jeter, who had a leadoff single for career hit No. 2,994, appeared to hurt himself on a flyout to rightfield in the fifth. He has not been on the disabled list since 2003.
"He just walked off the field and you could tell he was done," Girardi said. "You don't see him come out of games."
Regardless of the MRI results, Girardi said he didn't think Jeter would be able to play tonight against Texas.
Teammates, fans and even Jeter himself had said it would be nice to achieve the milestone at Yankee Stadium. New York has three games left against Texas on this homestand then goes on a six-game road trip to Chicago's Wrigley Field and Cincinnati.
"It's frustrating," Girardi said. "He's six hits away. You'd hope he could've did it here. Obviously, he looked pretty sore."
Eduardo Nunez replaced Jeter to start the sixth. There was a slight murmur in the crowd at Yankee Stadium when the public-address announcer told fans that Nunez was the new shortstop.
Jeter is trying to become the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and the first while playing for the Yankees.
DYKSTRA SAGA: Former OF Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles in a federal case in which he's accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.
ASTROS: Rookie RHP Jordan Lyles will remain in the rotation when LHP Wandy Rodriguez comes off the disabled list today. RHP Aneury Rodriguez, a former Rays farmhand, will move to the bullpen.
A'S: LHP Brett Anderson won't need elbow ligament replacement surgery, Dr. James Andrews determined. Anderson is scheduled for six weeks of rehab.
CUBS: RH reliever Kerry Wood went on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering blister on his right index finger. INF Jeff Baker was activated from the disabled list.
DODGERS: RHP Vicente Padilla, sidelined since May 14 because of a bulging disc in his neck, is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.
GIANTS: 2B Freddy Sanchez has a dislocated right shoulder that could require season-ending surgery. He will try rehab first. … 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since April 30 with a fractured right wrist, was activated.
MARLINS: SS Hanley Ramirez, out since May 30 with back pain, is expected to bat leadoff when he is activated today. Ramirez has batted second or third all season.
METS: LHP Johan Santana has not thrown off a mound since feeling soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder 10 days ago, when the intensity of his workouts was ramped up. General manager Sandy Alderson said Santana is playing long-toss on flat ground and hopes to get back on a mound later this week.
NATIONALS: 1B Adam LaRoche plans to meet with team officials today to discuss a course of action for his torn left labrum, with season-ending surgery possible.
PADRES: LHP Aaron Poreda, a key to the trade that sent RHP Jake Peavy to the White Sox two years ago, was designated for assignment to make room for RHP Anthony Bass. … RHP Aaron Harang went on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right foot, and OF Cameron Maybin was activated.
TRADE: The Red Sox traded minor-league C Mike McKenry to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.