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Derek Jeter's CT scan negative after he gets pulled from game

Yankees' Derek Jeter talks to the home plate

Yankees' Derek Jeter talks to the home plate umpire Sam Holbrook after he strikes out to end the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox. (Sept. 7, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

When it comes to the health of Derek Jeter, the Yankees are not taking any chances.

Jeter had a precautionary CT scan on his left ankle after Joe Girardi pulled him from Saturday's game. The preliminary results were negative, the club announced.

As an additional precaution, results of the test will be sent to Robert Anderson, the physician who performed surgery on Jeter's fractured left ankle last October in North Carolina, the Yankees said.

Jeter lined an RBI single in the sixth inning, but Girardi said he replaced him with pinch runner Mark Reynolds because he didn't like the way Jeter ran to first base and "it just didn't look like he was comfortable.''

After the Yankees' 13-9 loss to the Red Sox, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters inside the clubhouse that Jeter was taken to a hospital for the CT scan "to make sure that there's nothing going on that should be concerning.''

"We're just going to take a look under the hood and make sure that everything is OK, and if it is, you'll see him back here tomorrow,'' Cashman said. That doesn't mean Jeter necessarily will play Sunday even if he's deemed OK, Cashman added.

After breaking his left ankle in the postseason last October, Jeter vowed to be ready by Opening Day, but that didn't happen. After breaking the same ankle in spring training, he tweaked a quadriceps in his first game back. Then, despite not running at full speed, he strained a calf -- and at that point referred to the season as a "nightmare.''

The 39-year-old shortstop has missed 125 games this year, and at this point, the Yankees are taking a proactive approach.

"No trainer or doctor put their hands on him and said, 'Hey, we got to get this looked at,' '' Cashman said. "I don't think that's anything of what we're dealing with. It's just that we have the opportunity because of technology to get a quick look at it to make sure there's nothing above and beyond, because you're dealing with a player who doesn't really tell you much anyway.''

Girardi said Jeter didn't say much after he was pulled, which alarmed the manager.

"Any time you take him out, it's not a good sign,'' Girardi said. "Is there concern? Yeah, there's some concern on my part.''

The news about Jeter's health comes with the Yankees on the verge of being swept by the AL East-leading Red Sox, who have won the first three games in the four-game series.

Jeter repeatedly said he felt 100 percent while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last month, and he had continued to say his ankle felt fine. He went 1-for-4 Saturday and is batting .190 with a homer and seven RBIs in 17 games.

"If these games didn't count, he could take a few days or his bounce-backs would be different,'' Cashman said. "But he's like everybody else and knows there's no time for the weary here. And he's the king of toughness as well.''

Said Girardi, "It's not what you want, but it's what we had to deal with a lot this year.''


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