New York Yankees: Derek Jeter Placed on Disabled List with Calf Injury

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IJune 14, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees grimaces as he flies out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Jeter suffered a sore right calf on the play and left the game.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Yankees have been victimized by injuries this season.

Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Bartolo Colon have all spent time on the disabled list.

On Tuesday, the Yankees lost another crucial starter to injury: a major one on the verge of history.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN, Derek Jeter will now be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Jeter left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians after he injured himself when he flied out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jeter took himself out of the lineup and was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI, which revealed he had a strained calf.

Infielder Ramiro Pena was called up to take Jeter's roster spot. Eduardo Nunez will likely take over as the starting shortstop in Jeter's place.

Brett Gardner will likely be inserted into the lead-off spot in the lineup starting on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.

Jeter is just six hits shy of 3,000 career hits and had a chance to get to that number before the Yankees hit the road after their series with Texas, but now Jeter's quest for the accomplishment will have to wait.

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The last time Jeter suffered any significant injury was back in 2003 on opening day when he slid into third base and crashed shoulder-first into the shin protector of Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby, causing a dislocated shoulder for the captain, causing him to miss six weeks.

If all were to go well, Jeter would be set to return to the lineup on June 28, when the Yankees return from their road trip to start a series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

But that's only if Jeter has no setbacks with the calf strain.

Jeter would become the first player ever while actively playing for the Yankees to achieve 3,000 hits in their career.

Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs, all former Yankees, are also a part of the 3,000 hit club, but each player was a part of another club when they hit the milestone.

Henderson reached it back on Oct. 7, 2001, when he was with the San Diego Padres.

Winfield got it back on Sept. 16, 1993, when he was on the Minnesota Twins.

Boggs did it back on Aug. 7, 1999, when he was on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

When Jeter does it, it will be the first time a player has done it as a Yankee, which is why each hit Jeter has recorded lately has been more important and watched.

So now, history will have to wait for at least two weeks while Jeter recovers.