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Yankees’ Derek Jeter out until after All-Star break after straining quad in first game back

07.12.13 at 6:55 pm ET

It didn’t take long for Derek Jeter to make an impact in his season debut Thursday, an 8-4 Yankees win over the Royals on a picture-perfect day in the Bronx, and it took only a little longer for him to get hurt — yes, again.

In the eighth inning, Jeter, handling designated hitting duties in his first game back after missing the first three-plus months of the season with a broken ankle originally sustained during the ALCS last October, exited the game with right quadriceps tightness in favor of pinch-hitter Brett Gardner.

General manager Brian Cashman told reporters Friday afternoon that Jeter has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 quad strain and will sit out the weekend, which, when paired with the All-Star break immediately after, the team hopes will allow the 39-year-old to avoid another trip to the disabled list.

Cashman also didn’t rule out a longer absence, though.

The Yankees captain finished Thursday 1-for-4 with an RBI. He started with a one-out infield single to third, moved to third on Robinson Cano‘s base knock to center, then scored on Vernon Wells‘ sacrifice fly one batter later.

Jeter played in just four games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning to the big leagues, collecting one hit and four walks in 13 plate appearances.

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