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Derek Jeter sees no reason why a sore leg should force him to miss a game. Or, for that matter, to be taken of one by the New York Yankees.
So after Wednesday's 5-4 road victory over the Boston Red Sox, Jeter met media members with an expected answer: He'll be in the lineup Thursday.
"It's really not a thing," Jeter told reporters. "They just said, 'Put ice on it (and) come back tomorrow.' "
Jeter provided no details of the tweak to his left leg, which occurred while he attempted to beat out a double play ball.
With one out and runners on first and third in the eighth inning, Jeter hit a grounder to second base and ran down the first-base line.
After stretching for the base — too late to beat the throw — Jeter began limping on his left leg as he continued down the first-base line into right field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue rushed out to help.
Jeter tried to wave them off, but Girardi overruled him.
"I said, 'We're going to sit you out,' " Girardi told reporters, adding that Jeter aggravated a previous injury. "It's not that serious. It's something we have to be aware of. But hopefully he's OK."
Girardi described the injury as a bone bruise, but Jeter called it a sprained ankle before becoming less informative.
"Lower leg," he said.
"I don't talk about injuries," Jeter said. "You either play or you don't and I'm playing, so it's not an issue."
With Jeter on the bench, Girardi moved Jayson Nix to short and brought in Casey McGehee to play third.
Jeter scored his 1,860th run, passing Mel Ott for 12th on the career list.