Watching Robinson Cano not run hard to first base is a common sight by now and something that doesn’t seem to bother manager Joe Girardi.

But watching Derek Jeter who has been advised by Girardi to be careful with his right quadriceps not go full tilt down the line is a strange sight.

Four times Jeter hit ground balls Tuesday night against the Dodgers and each time he never got into high gear going to first. In the eighth inning of a 2-2 game Jeter would have beaten out a grounder to short had he turned it loose.

“You have to be smart about it.” Girardi said. “It’s not what we are used to seeing but we are trying to protect his legs. He understands if he wants to play the rest of the year he might have to do that for a while.’’

Jeter went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Yankees’ 3-0 win over the Dodgers Wednesday night. After Jeter’s walk in the ninth he was replaced by a pinch runner Eduardo Nunez.