Another Jeter-less night does not bode well

Projecting Robinson Cano
Game 33: Yankee Kryptonite

The game thread won’t be here for another hour or so, but we’re jumping in with an early note. Derek Jeter will not be in the lineup for the second straight night. As we found out yesterday, he has a sore oblique, not a light issue for baseball players. He played through it over the weekend, collecting three hits over 14 at bats, but after the off-day on Monday it was apparently too much to bear on Tuesday. Ditto today. Word is that he hopes to play tomorrow, but we heard that yesterday, and will likely hear it again when he’s out of the lineup tomorrow. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Jeter hit the DL retroactive to May 11, meaning he couldn’t be back until May 26. The Red Sox faced the same issue with Kevin Youkilis last week, as he strained his left oblique on May 4 against the Yankees. He was just placed on the DL today.

Projecting Robinson Cano
Game 33: Yankee Kryptonite
  • Jake K

    We need to start injecting all these players with fetal stem cells. At the very least we could build our own Shakey’s Pizza.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      ICWUDT

  • jsbrendog

    fml

  • E-ROC

    I hope Jeter hits the DL and does not try to play through the injury like last year.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    This is why you never, ever, ever ask the question “what else could go wrong?’

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      OH CRAP YOU JUST ASKED IT

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Well this explains why Berroa stuck around. They knew Jeter was hurting when A-Rod came back, so they needed to keep the extra infielder.

    Apparently, the Yankees are smarter than us.

    • jsbrendog

      Apparently, the Yankees are smarter than us.

      unpossible!

      ::head explodes::

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Someone needs to get the Captain some HGH

  • Mike HC

    I think the Yanks signing A-Rod was the best thing that could have happened to Jeter. While I am still a huge Jeter fan, and have a hard time criticizing him no matter what, it is clear he is no longer one of the best players in baseball. Yet, there has really been very little talk about his decline. Maybe that is because the NY media loves him, but I think all the attention A-Rod receives has also had an impact. It is a lot easier to blame A-Rod for the Yanks failures, but Jeter was the driving force of the dynasty years. Jeter has declined, and thus, so has the Yankee team. Yet, that is really never looked at as the reason the Yanks are no longer a championship team. The fans and media love to spout that A-Rod is not clutch and not a champion. While A-Rod takes all the heat, Jeter sits back and relaxes. I’m not saying Jeter deserves to be crucified, but he has been oddly Teflon with the NY media and most fans, and I think a large reason is having A-Rod as his built in shield.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Good point.

      However, the “best” thing that could have happened to Jeter was Kevin Brown, Jeff Weaver, Jaret Wright, Jose Contreras, and Carl Pavano not sucking/getting injured.

      /nitpick

      • Jake K

        Or Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano not getting signed in the first place.

      • Mike HC

        I clearly might have exaggerated with the “best” aspect. Obviously signing players who helped Jeter win more championships would have been the “best.” But in terms of deflecting criticism, it could not have gone much better for Jeter.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Agreed.

          He’s bulletproof for many reasons. The big-ticket acquisitions who “failed” to win a ring since arriving are a big part of that, and Nails Krzyzewski is lightning rod #1.

  • Steve S

    I just have one thought, how much longer does Melky stay respectable? And how much time after that do we start hearing the rumblings of AJAX. It would be nice to have a position player prospect ready to make an impact, especially in a premium position like CF. I know, he isnt ready yet and needs the whole year but Ive given up patience.

    • A.D.

      It would be nice to have a position player prospect ready to make an impact, especially in a premium position like CF.

      So Melky Cabrera? While no longer a prospect, he is a young, home grown player at a premium position, that has thus far made a positive impact this year.

      So as long as Melky produces we have what we want, and AJAX will come when the need arises.

      • Steve S

        I agree, but reality and history says that Melky wont maintain at his .928 OPS.

        And Ill give you another scenario. Lets say Matsui will likely go on the DL with his hamstring and his leg issues linger. Lets also assume Xavier Nady doesnt make a speedy recovery and doesnt come back right. Lets also take note that Nick Swisher seems to have seriously regressed defensively in RF, lets hope it improves but right now its not looking especially great.

        Now given that formulation, you have a potential outfield/DH miz that will include the following:

        Swisher/Melky/Damon/Gardner/Miranda?

        Swisher/Melky/Damon/Gardner/Duncan?

        Lets say Jorge comes back but they DH him more now you have

        Swisher/Melky/Damon/Gardner/Molina

        or would you prefer

        Swisher(dh), Damon, Melky (RF) and Austin Jackson in (CF). I have to say I think it arguably is much better than any of the assortments above. And even if you get a Mastui back or a Nady back, you still are hoping for what kind of production from Melky? To me, if the kid has another month in AAA like he has already had, and from what they say his defense is outstanding, then why not call him up. Im seeing way too many games with gardner and melky in the outfield.

  • A.D.

    Better to rest than play through it, since generally when players play through oblique issues they both don’t produce at their normal levels, nor get any healthier.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Agreed.

    • Accent Shallow

      Agreed. This team needs a healthy Jeter setting the table ASAP.

  • dkidd

    jeter loves hitting in roger’s center. he’s hurting bad

  • dkidd

    rogers center. the blue jays stadium is not owned by some guy named roger

  • Derby

    It was the owner’s last name lol

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