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CHICAGO -- While Alex Rodriguez is on the way into the New York Yankees' lineup, Derek Jeter is again on the way out.
The 39-year-old Jeter was put back on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf Monday. Jeter has played in only five games this season because of a twice-fractured right ankle, a quad strain and a calf injury. On Sunday, Jeter described his season as a "nightmare."
"Who am I to argue?" Jeter said on Monday night when asked if it were the right decision to put him on the DL. "You know what I mean? I've plead my case all year and it hasn't worked out too well. I know I'm not going to play here for the next few days so they pretty much have no choice."
"Everyone gets bad reactions at times," Jeter said. "It is not the first time he has gotten a bad reaction so it is not surprising."
Jeter has had a calf injury before. In 2011, he missed three weeks prior to picking up his 3,000th career hit. Jeter, whose credo is either you are playing or you're hurt, sounded down on Sunday.
"It won't be three weeks," Jeter said on Monday.
Jeter is hitting .211 with one home run and two RBIs. He said Sunday the injury has been impacting his play.
"It feels like you were hit with a ball or something," he said. "It's like a deep bruise, maybe. That's the best way to put it. I don't know how else to describe it."
Jeter originally fractured his ankle in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS. After surgery, the Yankees thought he would be ready by Opening Day. Instead, he re-injured the ankle and did not come back until just prior to the All-Star break. In the first game upon his return, Jeter injured his quad running the bases. He is unsure when the calf injury occurred.
The Yankees also designated Brent Lillibridge for assignment and called up David Adams.