Derek Jeter's string of injuries put him out early in his long-awaited 2013 New York Yankees debut Thursday because of tightness in his quad.
The quadricep flare-up kept Jeter from playing the full nine innings in the game against the Kansas City Royals. Jeter will undergo an MRI but said he feels well enough to play in Friday's game. Results from the MRI have not yet been announced.
"It just tightened up a little bit, so hopefully it's not a big deal," Jeter said.
"It's not frustrating yet. We'll see. They MRI everything around here. I'm going to get an MRI and we'll find out, but I hope it's not a big deal. I don't ever think anything is a big deal, so I'm hoping for the best."
Jeter had been out since October 2012, when he broke his ankle. The game Thursday was his first day back with the team. Jeter had a hit in his first at-bat and helped take the Yankees to an 8-4 win over the Royals. His quad started bothering him just after his third at-bat in the fifth inning.
“I don’t ever think anything is a big deal, so I’m hoping for the best,” Jeter said. “I felt good. I thought I was moving good from first to third, scored, ran out a couple of ground balls. Everything felt good up until that point. We’ll see.”