Derek Jeter sat out Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox because it was a day game after a night game, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi even made a somewhat controversial statement when asked why he chose to have Jeter sit out.
“Well first of all, it’s what, April 13? As I said, I have to manage him with a focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not at being a farewell tour,” Girardi said. “I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”
Now, we’re finding out there was a whole lot more to that. Jeter is actually battling tightness in his quad and Girardi felt a 2nd day to rest, with a day off on Monday, would be beneficial to the Yankee captain. Jeter is reportedly not happy about not playing, but either way, this is not good.
He will be 40-years-old come June, and quad injuries tend to linger for more than just a few days.
The best case scenario is the next two days are more than enough for Jeter to get back to 100 percent and he can slide back into the lineup when the Yankees host the Cubs starting on Tuesday.
The worst case scenario: Jeter’s quad is still tight and the team is forced to put him on the disabled list. That would not be good at all.