General manager Brian Cashman told reporters Friday that Jeter has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 quadriceps strain and will not play this weekend. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe level. Jeter will not play again until after the All-Star break, but, at least for now, he won't be placed on the disabled list. He will be evaluated further after the All-Star break. Jeter was injured on Thursday in his first game of the season after returning from ankle surgery. "It's frustrating. I don't know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It's not how you draw it up, but hopefully I'll be back out there soon and help this team win some games." ---Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had suspected he might not be able to sigfirst-round pick Phil Bickford, and Anthopoulos turned n out to be right. The signing deadline passed Friday without the deal being reached with Bickford, the No. 10 overall draft pick. Bickford, a high school pitcher from California, will instead go to college at Cal-State Fullerton. The Blue Jays will receive the No. 11 pick in next year's draft as compensation for failing to sign him.
---Because MLB Players Association chief Michael Weiner's cancer is not improving, former director Donald Fehr could return, according to Yahoo! Sports. Weiner, 51, was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago and is on his fourth round of treatment. That has led to MLBPA officials discussing the possibility of having Fehr return in some capacity. Fehr, 64, led the players union for 26 years before stepping down in 2009. He was replaced by Weiner. Fehr has led the NHLPA since 2010. ---San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard will have season-ending shoulder surgery next week. MLB.com reported that Richard will have part of his left clavicle shaved down to prevent future problems with the joint on top of the shoulder. He has been on the disabled list since June 21. Richard is 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings this year. ---The Cleveland Indians recalled right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee from Class AAA Columbus and optioned right-hander Danny Salazar to Columbus. Salazar, 23, won his major league debut Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. In six innings, he allowed two hits, one run and struck out seven. ---Minor league pitchers Paul Davis and Estarlin Morel were suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Davis, a right-hander in the San Francisco Giants system, was banned 50 games without pay after a second violation for a drug of abuse. Davis is on the active roster of the low-A Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League. Morel, a right-hander in the New York Mets system, was suspended 25 games without pay for a violation of the program. Morel is on the roster of the low-A Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League. ---Pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who has spent most of this season at Triple-A, was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles. Jurrjens, who was an All-Star for the Braves in 2011 before being hit with injuries, is likely to be available to anyone as a free agent at age 27.
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