The Yankees are strongly considering putting Derek Jeter on the disabled list, in part because they don't want to be shorthanded when they go to two National League ballparks for six games starting Friday.

Jeter, who is six hits shy of 3,000, left Monday's game in the fifth inning with a calf injury. An MRI revealed a Grade I strain, the mildest strain. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "I'm worried about him. Just keep our fingers crossed and hope it's not too serious."

The Yankees are finishing their homestand with three games against the Texas Rangers starting Tuesday before traveling to Chicago and Cincinnati to play the Cubs and Reds, respectively. In those games, the Yankees will already be at less than full strength offensively because they won't be able to use the designated hitter.

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