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New York Yankees Place Derek Jeter on the Disabled List

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In a move that pushes Jeter's quest for 3,000 hits back at least two more weeks, the Yankees have placed Derek Jeter on the 15-Day disabled list with a strained calf, as reported by Bryan Hoch. 

Jeter came limping out of the box on a fly ball last night against the Cleveland Indians and was immediately removed from the lineup. An MRI revealed a grade 1 strain of his calf. Grade 1 is the mildest of the strains.

Eduardo Nunez will fill in for Jeter while he is unavailable. Nunez has a career .286 on base percentage, while Jeter's on base percentage this year is .324. There has definitely been a drop off in Jeter's performance the past two years after his MVP-caliber 2009 season, where his on base percentage was .406.

Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 29th, when the Yankees play the Brewers at home. He currently has 2,994 career hits, just six hits shy of becoming only the 28th player in major league history to reach the 3,000 hit plateau. The last player to reach 3,000 hits in his career was Craig Biggio who accomplished the feat in 2007.

Ramiro Pena was called up to take his place on the roster.