Derek Jeter, placed on the disabled list Monday, watches from...

Derek Jeter, placed on the disabled list Monday, watches from the dugout as his team takes on the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. (Aug, 5, 2013) Credit: Getty

CHICAGO -- A season Derek Jeter has called a "nightmare" continued along that track Monday with a third trip to the disabled list.

On Sunday, the 39-year-old shortstop seemed resigned to that move occurring when he discussed his latest injury, a grade 1 strain of his right calf, though he held out hope a DL stint wouldn't be necessary.

"Our thought process was he probably wasn't going to be a player for a while," Joe Girardi said before Monday night's game. "So we felt it's probably a better idea to put him on the DL than maybe to test it and have a setback."

David Adams was recalled from Triple-A Scranton.

Jeter, who was not available to the media before Monday night's game, spoke candidly in the clubhouse about the injury after Sunday's game.

He returned from a right quadriceps strain July 28 but felt discomfort in his calf the next day. Jeter played both games in Los Angeles last Tuesday and Wednesday and played in San Diego on Friday, but he did not move well on the bases or in the field in that game.

Jeter, who endured several setbacks in recovering from offseason surgery on a broken left ankle, doesn't believe this calf strain is as severe as the one that sidelined him for nearly three weeks in 2011. But there also were a lot of "I don't knows" in his answers.

"It's been terrible. It's been a nightmare, the whole season has been a nightmare," he said. "I really don't know what to tell you."

A first for Wells. Vernon Wells got his first career start at first base, a move Girardi has been toying with for several weeks in order to get the outfielder's bat into the lineup against lefties. "Should be interesting," Wells said.

Looking at the assembled media for Alex Rodriguez's return, Wells smiled and said, "And none of this will make the paper."

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