The game thread won’t be here for another hour or so, but we’re jumping in with an early note. Derek Jeter will not be in the lineup for the second straight night. As we found out yesterday, he has a sore oblique, not a light issue for baseball players. He played through it over the weekend, collecting three hits over 14 at bats, but after the off-day on Monday it was apparently too much to bear on Tuesday. Ditto today. Word is that he hopes to play tomorrow, but we heard that yesterday, and will likely hear it again when he’s out of the lineup tomorrow. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Jeter hit the DL retroactive to May 11, meaning he couldn’t be back until May 26. The Red Sox faced the same issue with Kevin Youkilis last week, as he strained his left oblique on May 4 against the Yankees. He was just placed on the DL today.
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