Jeter out in 1st; Yanks activate Wang from DL

Updated: April 24, 2007, 10:06 PM ET
Associated Press

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay with a bruised left thigh after being hit with a first-inning pitch by the Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir.

Jeter was plunked on the side of his left leg, just above the knee. After being checked by a trainer and talking to manager Joe Torre, the Yankees captain walked to first base and remained in the game until New York took the field for the bottom of the first.

Jeter was replaced at shortstop by Miguel Cairo.

The Yankees activated right-hander Chien-Ming Wang from the 15-day disabled list to start.

Wang, who won 19 games last season, had been out since March 23, when he hurt his right hamstring while running. He pitched in two minor league games while rehabbing, including a five-inning outing last Thursday for Class-A Tampa.

"Physically, he's fine," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "They've said all his stuff has been good."

The Yankees optioned outfielder Kevin Thompson to Triple-A Scranton.

New York pitcher Mike Mussina, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, threw 50 pitches off a bullpen mound and is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Friday for Double-A Trenton at Harrisburg.

"The leg is good," Mussina said. "I think it will be fine."

If all goes well, he could pitch against Texas on May 2 or 3.

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