Derek Jeter injures quadriceps in first game back from broken ankle

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Derek Jeter made his season debut this afternoon, returning to the Yankees’ lineup with an infield single in his first at-bat. Later, in his third at-bat, Jeter injured his right quadriceps muscle.

After the game both Jeter and manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that it wasn’t a serious injury, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he is being sent for an MRI exam.

At the very least a tweaked quadriceps should keep Jeter at designated hitter for a while. He started at DH today, batting second in the lineup, while Eduardo Nunez manned shortstop.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.