Jeter leaves game in seventh inning

Updated: May 31, 2010, 6:05 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning with tightness in his left hamstring.

Jeter was replaced by reserve infielder Ramiro Pena after reaching base on a single up the middle with one out in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 11-2 win.

The Yankees' captain was hit by a pitch on the back of his left thigh in the second inning and his left hamstring subsequently "stiffened up," according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

"We won't really know [until] tomorrow," Girardi said when asked about the extent of Jeter's injury. "He got hit in the back of the hamstring and it stiffened up."

Jeter walked gingerly down the first-base line after getting hit by a 90-mph Mitch Talbot fastball and was accompanied by Girardi, first-base coach Mick Kelleher and trainer Gene Monahan.

Jeter, who was unavailable for comment after the game, finished 2-for-3 on Monday and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The shortstop, who leads all active players with 2,814 career hits, is hitting .302 on the year and is 17-for-35 in his last seven games.

Ian Begley is a contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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