Thursday, July 4, 2002
X-rays on Jeter's leg negative, he's day-to-day
NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Thursday's
game after he bruised his left lower leg and sprained his knee on a
hard, takeout slide by Cleveland's John McDonald.
''I was scared to look because I didn't want to see if my leg
was broken,'' Jeter said. ''I was scared at first.''
X-rays were negative and Jeter is day to day. He was to undergo
an MRI exam on Friday to make sure there is no ligament damage to
his knee. Manager Joe Torre said the five-time All-Star might miss
a day or two.
''If everything is fine, I'll try to play as soon as possible,''
Jeter said. ''I won't know until tomorrow. All I can do is wait.''
With McDonald on first and none out in the third inning, Eddie
Perez hit a slow roller in front of home plate. Catcher Chris
Widger, in his first game with the Yankees, fielded the ball and
threw to second base.
Jeter took the throw on a short hop as he stretched toward third
base. McDonald came barreling into the base and rolled up Jeter's
left leg as he was called out on the play.
''You go in with the intent to make them move their feet,''
McDonald said. ''You don't know where the ball's going to go.''
Jeter grimaced in pain on the ground as trainer Gene Monahan
came out to tend to him. The Yankees infielders gathered around
their star while a concerned Widger stood with pitcher Mike Mussina
about 10 feet away.
Widger felt relieved that Jeter wasn't hurt more seriously on
the play and was able to joke about it between innings with pitcher
''It figures on my first day out there I'd get Jeter hurt,''
Widger said he told Wells.
''That stuff happens,'' Widger added. ''At first I felt bad
because I made the throw, but then you realize that those things
happen 30-to-40 times a year.''
McDonald, who grew up in Connecticut rooting for the Yankees,
was booed by the crowd as he left the field.
The Yankees didn't think the slide was dirty and first baseman
Jason Giambi and Torre let McDonald know that before he left the
''It was a hard slide,'' Torre said. ''He didn't do anything
other than try to break up the double play.''
Jeter, one of the most durable players in the game, walked off
with help from Monahan.
''I don't care how bad he's hurt, he never lays there,'' Torre
said. ''He always gets up and pretends that everything is OK. It's
Jeter, one of five AL shortstops picked for next week's All-Star
Game, is hitting .313 with 11 homers and 40 RBI this season.
Enrique Wilson replaced him Thursday and had a single during a
two-run sixth inning as the Yankees won 7-1.