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Injury delays Jeter in drive for 3,000

Derek Jeter’s bid for 3,000 hits is on hold.

The New York Yankees put their star shortstop on the 15-day disabled list for the first time since 2003 because of a strained right calf.

Jeter limped off the field Monday against Cleveland, four innings after he got his 2,994th hit.

“I guess the timing wasn’t very good,” Jeter said before the DL move was announced. “It’s a little bit frustrating. But even if I wasn’t at this point, I’d still be frustrated. I don’t like not to play. Whether it’s going for 3,000 hits or 100 hits, I’d rather be out there playing.”

Nearing his 37th birthday, Jeter is known for playing through injuries and is reluctant to take time off. In his 17th season, this is the fifth trip to the DL for the 11-time All-Star. He was still trying to persuade the team not to make the move hours before the decision was made.

With three games to go on this homestand, Jeter and his teammates had hoped he would get the milestone hit at Yankee Stadium before New York heads out on a six-game trip to play the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.

But there’s still a chance Jeter could get No. 3,000 at home. He’s eligible to come off the DL on June 29, the middle of a three-game series in the Bronx against Milwaukee. More likely he’ll reach the milestone on the road against the crosstown rival Mets or in Cleveland.

Infielder Ramiro Peña was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

COACHING CHANGES

Mark Connor, in his first season as pitching coach for the Orioles, resigned for personal reasons and was replaced by bullpen coach Rick Adair. Adair spent the previous two seasons as pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners.

The Houston Astros fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg and replaced him on an interim basis with former Astros pitcher Doug Brocail, who was a special assistant to general manager Ed Wade.

Arnsberg, a Seattle native, pitched for the Tacoma Tigers in 1993.

SHORT HOPS

The Toronto Blue Jays demoted struggling pitcher Kyle Drabek, sending the right-hander who leads the American League in walks (52) down to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled righty Zach Stewart from Double-A New Hampshire. Drabek, son of 1990 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, was part of the trade that sent pitcher Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2009. … The Washington Nationals activated All-Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after he missed 58 games because of an injured abdominal muscle. … The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Reed Johnson (back spasms) from the 15-day disabled list, promoted right-hander Chris Carpenter from Double-A Tennessee and sent outfielder Tyler Colvin and right-hander Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa. … Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron, the next step in his recovery from an injured side muscle. … The San Diego Padres recalled left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Tucson.

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