Derek Jeter was in Wednesday night's starting lineup for the first time since last Friday and it sounds like he feels he didn't need three games (or four days) to comeback after tweaking his quad last week.
Jeter is trying to get accustomed to the Yankees treating him cautiously — as they did by sitting him out Saturday and Sunday with a tight right quadriceps then easing him back into the lineup in the second game of the Cubs' doubleheader yesterday — but the antsy Jeets is wondering who is turning a simple stretching exercise into games on the bench.
“I didn’t say anything,” Jeter said of the quadriceps injury he suffered Friday. “I was running to first and evidently someone saw me stretching. I don’t know who. Joe said, ‘Did you hurt yourself? I saw you stretching.’ I said, ‘No, I was just tight.’ No big deal.
“That was the end of the conversation. Saturday, he was not planning on playing me anyways, and then when I got here on Sunday, he said, ‘You have the day off.’ ”
“I’ve always understood, but I didn’t like it,” Jeter said of the days off. “I still don’t like it, but I get it — the fact that it’s a long season.”
Jeter returned Wednesday night for the second game of a doubleheader against the Cubs and went 1-for-5, playing all nine innings at shortstop in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
He said he felt fine.