Jeter exits with tight quad

Derek Jeter's long-awaited season debut Thursday was cut short due to tightness in his right quad.

Jeter went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his first game of the season for the New York Yankees, who beat the Kansas City Royals by an 8-4 margin.

The 39-year-old Jeter, however, did not make his last at-bat and manager Joe Girardi announced after the game that the 13-time All-Star injured his right quad. He will have an MRI.

"It's not frustrating yet," Jeter said. "We're going to get an MRI, so we'll find out."

Girardi didn't seem too concerned after the game but indicated that the team captain will go for tests as a precaution.

Jeter was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game. He returned to the lineup after playing four minor league rehab games in his recovery from a broken left ankle. The shortstop suffered the broken ankle during Game 1 of last year's American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and sustained another fracture during spring training that set his return further back.

On Thursday, Jeter batted second as the designated hitter.

Jeter is coming off a productive 2012 season in which he hit for a .316 batting average with 15 homers, 58 RBI and 99 runs scored.