Derek Jeter's not stupid so he knows the odds that he will play straight through until the end of this season are not very good. How could he think otherwise?

The Yankees' captain realizes that his legs aren't right or at least not in the shape they need to be and there's nothing he can do to change that in the final week of August. So for now starting Monday night on the artificial turf of Rogers Centre Jeter will do what he can at whatever speed he can and keep his fingers crossed that he's luckier than he's been since breaking an ankle during last year's ALCS loss to the Tigers.

"Look I haven't been able to work out my legs since October because I had to let a bone heal" Jeter said. "So really if you think about it it's probably not surprising that something happens to them. All I can do is go out and play and hope everything is fine. I wish I would have had more time to do things but I didn't.
"We are where we are so now let's move forward. Hopefully there's no more issues."

In other words Jeter's not making any promises. Enjoy him while he lasts and in his previous two tries Jeter didn't stick around for very long.

On July 11 in his much-celebrated comeback from that fractured left ankle Jeter played a total of seven innings before returning to the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.
Almost three weeks later Jeter rejoined the Yankees and managed to stay for a total of four games. Again the same right leg gave him trouble but this time it was a calf strain.

Which brings us to last night against the Blue Jays when Jeter went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He reported no issues afterward. It was hard to tell if he was "running smart" as Jeter was asked before the game.

"I ran at 93.7 percent the last time I played" Jeter said smiling. "I don't know if I'd put a percent on it. As long as you make it that's the point right? I'll run whatever gets me there safely. That's what I'll try to do."

Short of the scooter Jeter used to get around his Tampa mansion last winter that's difficult to do and nearly impossible while playing baseball at this level. The only way to protect Jeter is to play him judiciously and that responsibility falls to Joe Girardi who already has to nurse Alex Rodriguez through the next 31 games.