Derek Jeter won't play in All-Star Game

Updated: July 9, 2011, 10:22 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter will skip the All-Star Game to rest his recently injured right calf.

Jeter said on Friday that he decided to skip the All-Star Game after a discussion Thursday with general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan.

"Unfortunately I won't be able to go," the Yankees captain said on Friday. "It's just a situation where after talking with Joe and Cash and Geno, it'd probably be best not to try to push it. Because it's most important to be ready for the second half. That's what my focus has to be at. It's unfortunate because I know you guys know how much I enjoy going to All-Star games. I love playing in All-Star games. Especially getting voted in by the fans, it's something I would like to do but I'll try to be smart about it. I know I can be stubborn a lot of times when it comes to injuries, but I'm going to try to be smart about it."

Jeter, who is two hits shy of 3,000 for his career, garnered 4,536,386 votes, enough to beat out Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to his 12th All-Star team, sixth as a starter.

Jeter missed 18 games with a strained right calf, which forced him to go on the disabled list for the second time in his career. He returned to the Yankees lineup on Monday against Cleveland after playing two minor league rehab games in Double-A Trenton.

Fellow Yankees Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez also bowed out of the All-Star Game.

Jeter, normally the Yankees' leadoff hitter, had been dropped to the No. 2 spot in the lineup on Friday night before the game was canceled due to inclement weather. Brett Gardner was slated to lead off in the lineup.

Girardi explained that he wanted to "spread out the lineup" with both Rodriguez and Nick Swisher out of the lineup. Rodriguez will get a precautionary MRI on his right knee. He also said he didn't want to bat Gardner sixth, as the speedy left fielder was more comfortable hitting ninth or leading off.

Jeter last batted second on April 14.

Jeter is batting just .194 out of the No. 2 hole this season (7-for-36). He is batting .266 out of the leadoff spot (65-for-244).

Jeter is just two hits away from becoming the 28th player in major league history to reach the 3,000-hit club. He has had 17 two-hit games in 2011, and 627 in his career.

Friday's game will be made up Sept. 22.

"We made every possible attempt to have this game made up (Saturday)," a Yankees spokesman said. "But both teams need to mutually agree on a makeup day. We proposed a doubleheader for (Saturday) in lieu of the fact that so many fans had made arrangements this weekend to take in these games to see a pretty historic milestone. But Tampa declined, which is part of the process."

Jeter will now only have two games before the All-Star break to get the two hits he needs to become the 28th player in major league baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. The Yankees and Rays will play day games on Saturday and Sunday before the break.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo contributed to this report.

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