Derek Jeter goes on the DL on the verge of 3000 hits...
The Yankees put shortstop Derek Jeteron the disabled list with a calf strain Tuesday.
Before learning that he would sit, Jeter had said: "If it were up to me, I'd rather not."
The trip to the DL delays Jeter's pursuit of his 3,000th hit by at least two weeks. It also diminishes the likelihood of Jeter achieving the milestone at Yankee Stadium.
"I guess the timing wasn't very good, " Jeter said of his injury.
Jeter was injured while leaving the batter's box on a flyout in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 1-0 loss to the Indians on Monday night. Jeter immediately took himself out of the game and was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI exam, which revealed a Grade 1 strain of the right calf -- the least severe form of the injury.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi met with team doctors around 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was ultimately responsible for the final decision on Jeter's status. On the ESPN New York 1050 "Michael Kay Show," Cashman had said Jeter would have a chance to change the team's mind about the disabled list, but he added that it is better to be "safe than sorry."
Ramiro Pena was added to the roster prior to Tuesday's game.
The Yankees host the Rangers for a three-game set beginning Tuesday before embarking on a six-game road trip to Chicago to face the Cubs and then on to Cincinnati. There will be no designated hitter for those interleague games.
Jeter was "extremely sore" Monday night after suffering the injury, according to a source.
While a Grade 1 calf strain is the least severe, a similar injury sidelined Alex Rodriguez for 14 games last August.
Jeter picked up his 2,994th career hit on Monday. Assuming he is ready to play June 28, the earliest possible date, he would return in time for the Yankees' three home games against the Milwaukee Brewers. That series is followed by a six-game road trip -- three against the Mets at Citi Field and three against the Indians in Cleveland.
Jeter would need to get six hits in those three games against the Brewers to reach the 3,000-hit plateau in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd.