On the day the New York Yankees get Alex Rodriguez back, they're losing Derek Jeter — again.
Jeter, who has played only five games this season between two previous disabled-list trips, is headed to the DL again with a Grade 1 strain in his right calf. Jeter started the season on the disabled list after breaking his ankle in the 2012 postseason.
He returned for one game, but got hurt running the bases and then went to the DL with a quad injury. He returned again on July 28, hit a homer in his first at-bat, but then was forced to sit out the final two games of this past weekend's series against the San Diego Padres.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi paused briefly during Monday's A-Rodapalooza press conference to talk Jeter:
"Our thought process was, he's probably not going to be a player for a while. We felt that it's probably a better idea to put him on the DL than to test it after nine days, 10 days, 11 days and have a setback."
The Yankees captain seemed to lose his cool a bit with this latest injury struggle. He told CBS Sports' Scott Miller on Sunday
"It's been terrible. It's been like a nightmare. This whole season has been a nightmare."
Well, Derek, just remember it could always be worse. Calves heal. At least you weren't suspended for 211 games on Monday.