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MLB rounduip: Girardi won't say if Jeter will return

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reinjured his surgically repaired left ankle and was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. On Monday, ESPN reported the Yankees do not know if their captain will be able to return this season.

With the regular season ending in three weeks, manager Joe Girardi would not guarantee that the 39-year-old Jeter would return. Jeter has played in only 17 games this season and is batting .190.

"His ankle is a little sore, so we are probably going to give him a couple of days and make an evaluation," Girardi said.

According to numerous reports, Jeter had been having trouble moving on the ankle the past week.

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported over the weekend:

"Scouts watching the Yankees have been saying all week that he doesn't look right, that his swing has been all upper-body, that he can't move around at shortstop and that his ankle problems even seem to be affecting his throwing."

Tests on Jeter's ankle came back negative -- no break was detected.

But as far as what the rest of the season holds for Jeter, Girardi would not commit.

"Not right now," Girardi said.

---Monday's news could have been worse for the Washington Nationals.

An inflamed left hip will keep outfielder Bryce Harper out of Monday's and Tuesday's games against the New York Mets, MLB.com reported.

While taking batting practice on Saturday, Harper crumpled to the ground in obvious pain, multiple outlets reported.

Manager Davey Johnson said on Sunday that Harper's injury-plagued sophomore season could be over. But after Monday's diagnosis, it appears possible the 20-year-old Harper might be able to return to help the Nationals make a push toward a National League wild-card spot.

On the season, Harper is hitting .273 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs.

---Seattle ace Felix Hernandez will miss his next start on Wednesday because of back stiffness, MLB.com reported. Rookie Brandon Maurer will make the start against the Houston Astros instead.

Hernandez is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA and 200 strikeouts. He is third in the American League in strikeouts and fourth in innings pitched.

Mauer has been pitching in long relief for a good portion of the season. He did start 10 games earlier in the year and has compiled a 4-7 mark with a 6.85 ERA.

---Former Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt's attempt to have her $131 million divorce settlement thrown out was rejected by a California judge on Monday.

Jamie McCourt didn't present enough credible evidence to prove that her ex-husband misled her about the team's value, according to multiple reports. She argued that Frank McCourt knew the true value of the team and that the divorce settlement should have been worth another $770 million.

Jamie McCourt said that if she knew the team was worth $2.15 billion she never would have agreed to the $131 million tax-free settlement, that included several luxury houses.
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