Derek Jeter got the 2,994th base hit of his illustrious career Monday night, but his chase to become the first player to get 3,000 hits as a New York Yankee has hit a snag. Jeter left Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning with a sore right calf.
No word from the Yankees yet as to the severity of Jeter’s injury. The hope has been that Jeter, now six hits shy of the 3,000-hit plateau, would be able to reach the milestone during the current home stand. The Yankees play the Texas Rangers in a three-game series before heading to Chicago to face the Cubs in interleague play.
Jeter was 1-for-3 Monday night before exiting the game. He is now batting .260 on the season. He led off the game with a single, grounded into a fielder’s choice in the second inning and flied out in the fifth.