New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Game 3 of AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning Wednesday night after apparently re-aggravating a lingering injury in his left leg.
Jeter struck out to end the eighth inning and stumbled away from home plate after swinging and missing on the third strike. He was replaced at shortstop by Jayson Nix in the top of the ninth. Nix went 0 for before the Yanks walked off with a 3-2 win in 12 innings and a 2-1 series lead.
Jeter was hobbling noticeably while running out a third-inning triple that scored Russell Martin to tie the game at 1-1. He appeared to be limping on his way back to the dugout between innings. Jeter also seemed to be laboring to first base on a ground-ball single leading off the sixth.
Jeter has been suffering from the injury, which manager Joe Girardi has termed a bone bruise, since mid-September. He left a game in the late innings against the Red Sox on June 12. Girardi used him at designated hitter in the next four games, although Jeter has steadfastly denied being injured.
"You either play or you don't play," Jeter said at the time. "I'm playing, so it's not an issue."