Injury Updates: Derek Jeter, Damaso Marte

Cashman: 'I haven't thought about' Kuroda
Nick Johnson needs another wrist surgery

Updated (6:19 p.m.): Hitting just .276/.338/.390, Derek Jeter has struggled through 2010, and now we learn that he’s battling injuries as well. According to Yanks’ manager Joe Girardi, Jeter has been playing through some tendinitis in his left leg and that’s why Jeter rested on Monday. “His leg has been a little sore,” Girardi said tore porters. “It doesn’t really hurt him or bother him except to slow him down a little bit…He’s been dealing with it for a little bit, but we’ve managed it.” Jeter, never one to admit injury, parried with his manager. “I’m fine. I don’t even know what he’s talking about,” the Yanks’ captain said. A little spot of rest could do Jeter wonders.

In other injury news, Damaso Marte, out since July 7 with a sore shoulder, was supposed to throw a bullpen session yesterday but in the end, he did not. According to Joe Girardi, Marte’s shoulder is still sore, and although the clock is ticking on the season, the Yanks still expect him back before the end of the year. Since signing a three-year, $12-million deal with the Yanks prior to the 2009 season, Marte has spent significant time on the disabled list and has thrown just 31 mediocre innings in the majors. He struck out five in 2.2 innings of work against the Phillies in the World Series last year but has been supplanted as the team’s LOOGY by Boone Logan. His return would give the Yanks’ pen some left-handed depth for the stretch drive.

Cashman: 'I haven't thought about' Kuroda
Nick Johnson needs another wrist surgery
  • steve

    something is wrong with jeter … it would be nice to pull a head a little bit so jete could get a few more days off …

    good news about marte …. he hasn’t been as good as we wanted since he came here, but those K’s in the world series were HUGE, and hopefully he can be healthy again for the stretch run. we need him.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Not that I dislike Jeter, but imagine how much negative press A-rod would get if he insisted he wasn’t injured when Joe said he was?

    Anyway, wishful thinking but maybe if Jeter has a bum leg it’s been contributing to his down year. Maybe if it gets healthy he can have a solid September and postseason.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      Derek Jeter openly contradicts his manager and denies he’s hurt when virtually the whole world knows he’s lying, and either nobody cares or we all think he’s somehow a great person and teammate for lying to our faces.

      If ARod did that he’d be a self-obsessed narcissistic duplicitous douchebag worthy of our scorn for lying to the American public. WallMatt would whip up 800 words of righteous indignation within the hour.

      • nsalem

        you can get away with almost anything
        with a smile and 5 rings

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          And a panoramic Vista roof.

          • Mike HC


          • Will (the other one)

            Catch the all-new season of Rescue Me, Tuesday nights at 10. Only on FX.

          • nsalem

            It used to be “The Teflon Don” now it’s “The Teflon Derek”.

      • Mister Delaware

        I’m pretty sure yesterday Vazquez was called a whiny bitch for contradicting his manager by asking for the ball.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


          • nsalem

            Was not that a Brett comment?

            • bexarama

              It was. So it basically doesn’t count.

              • nsalem

                Just like an exhibition game.

    • jim p

      Remember he got hit in the hand earlier in the year, I think in late May/early June. This happened in his last bad (for Jeter) year too. It wouldn’t surprise me if this year’s hit also has taken something out of his swing.

  • Mister Delaware

    Marte has actually done exactly what was (should have been?) expected of him when resigned, its just that Girardi too often uses him wrong. Last 2 seasons …

    vs LHB: 73 PA, .136/.205/.273
    vs RHB: 65 PA, .320/.453/.540

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      But Marte wasn’t given that contract to be a LOOGY. He had successfully closed in his MLB career, and Cash thought he was getting a versatile set-up man, not a lefty specialist.

      Can’t blame Girardi for Marte suddenly sucking against RHB.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Meh, Marte was given that contract to be an elite LOOGY, and if he can get out righties as well, that’s gravy.

        But Cashman never said once he signed Marte “This contract now means you will be the 8th inning Bridge To Mowhere”. He was always just the lefty reliever.

      • Mister Delaware

        He’s never saved more than 11 games in a season and had a 129 point OPS split heading into 2009. I imagine Cashman was aware that he was far more effective against lefties.

  • Mike HC

    Jeter is the man. And I love his attitude toward injuries. Even at 36, maybe with a bad leg, maybe not, and many claiming he is done, he is still one of the best shortstops in the league by almost any measure.

    I would also like to request anybody but Kabak to write Jeter articles, ha. Just messing around. I respect your take that he is just getting old and declining.

    • whozat

      This is basically because AL shortstops have gotten DRASTICALLY worse over the last several years.

      And, hey…maybe if he’d taken a week off in May, and be willing to sit his ass down once in a while, he’d be at full strength when he plays and be helping the team win more ballgames.

      The double standard bothers me. People like Derek Jeter, so he’s “the man” for refusing to admit that HE IS GETTING OLD and if he rested more, he might perform at a higher level. Other players would be selfish and stupid for doing the same thing.

      • Mike HC

        Evidenced by Girardi knowing he has a bad leg, the team obviously knows about his injuries. Its the press and the public he keeps stuff from. People that get shit for hiding injuries are the ones hiding them from their team, like Pavano.

        • whozat

          They do now.

          We have no idea when he might have told them. All we know is that he lobbies to be in the lineup every day. You assume that he did the responsible thing and told them immediately and has been working with the team to manage the issue all season, because you think he’s “the man”.

          If he’d told them about it three days ago, you really think they’d call him out for it in the media? Joe Girardi is going to sit there and criticize DEREK JETER?? Merely offering him a contract commensurate with his age and expected performance is going to be considered a slap in the face, and you think they’d say anything less than glowing about him to the press?

          • Mike HC

            You are right that I give the benefit of the doubt to Jeter. He has earned it in my eyes. I just think Girardi didn’t think it was a big deal as he would probably do the same with every other player, but Jeter did not see it that way. I really don’t know though. I don’t see why Girardi would intentionally stir the waters but maybe you are right.

            In my opinion, Jeter on the field with one leg is better than any other alternative, so his attitude of playing through minor injuries that don’t force him on the DL, helps the team, in my opinion.

  • Frank

    Speaking of injuries, I’m surprised Swish is in the lineup tonight. I thought for sure with tomorrow being a day off, he’d sit until at least Friday.

  • Jersey Johnny

    Isn’t it a selfish move on Jeter’s part not admitting he is injured? Wouldn’t it benefit the team to know what exactly is ailing Jeter?

    • Mike HC

      The team obviously knows. It is the press he wants to keep it a secret from. Jeter likes to keep things private and gives the press nothing, including injuries. That is how he operates. And when somebody else talks about him in the press, especially about things he does not want talked about, he gets annoyed.

      • larryf

        Jeets gives his all to the Yanks and Minka

        and nothing to the press….

        The Captain-Mr. Clean

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    [Marte] struck out five in 2.2 innings of work against the Phillies in the World Series last year but has been supplanted and is now complemented as the team’s co-LOOGY by Boone Logan.


    • Shaun

      I still think it’s supplanted, I don’t trust Marte with the ball, those three outs in 2009 were great but outside of that he has not been good.

      • Steve H

        Last 2 seasons …

        vs LHB: 73 PA, .136/.205/.273

        (h/t Mister Delaware)

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Career v LHB: .194/.289/.286

          Damaso Marte has 99 problems, but a lefty ain’t one.

  • A.D.

    Well if Marte on the DL for most of the year is what it takes to win a WS, I’m down.

    • Zack

      I’m expecting the same thing next year.
      Didn’t Marte describe his rotator cuff as “loose” or something? I think it’s pretty obvious that they don’t think he can hold up for 50 appearances, so instead of surgery and getting nothing from him, let him rest all year and turn it on for a month at the end

  • EndlessMike

    Jeter will be the first player of all time to be 36,dealing with injuries,underperforming offensely and defensely and was never a top ten player in he’s era and yet will get a contract and make $20 million a year.

    I understand he’s a great PR guy but A-Rod,CC and Mo make and break your season.Who cares if Jeter is injuried or is underperforming.A-Rod is more important to this team.

    • nsalem

      A-Rod is more important, but healthy performing to his career numbers Jeter is also very important. It’s not mutually exclusive.
      I would also consider him a top ten player in his era.

    • Ben

      Other than a rod and maybe hanley, name a shortstop in the top 10 players of the league. Jeter has been a top 3 shortstop most of his career.

      • Future Mister Delaware


        • nsalem

          After 5 more years like this one.

          • Current Mister Delaware

            I’d say 2009 certainly counts in his favor as well.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Damaso Marte doesn’t even know what the words “July” and “August” mean. If you’re nice he might come back before September 15. If it don’t matter, don’t call.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I don’t get out of bed for less that $10,000.


      • Nom Chompsky

        I don’t get into bed for less than 10,000.


  • Poopy Pants

    Javy is public enemy #1 for stinking it up while playing with an injury. Jeter is a ‘hero’ for doing the same. Rational fan base.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yes, Yankee fans are idiots. Much less rational than whatever fanbase it is that supports whatever team you actually root for.

      You’d think that for $200M we could buy smarter fans.

      (rolls eyes)

    • bexarama

      Yep there sure are a lot of positive comments about Jeter in here/in general this year. Oh wait.

  • Nom Chompsky

    You know, Derek Jeter will STILL probably deserve to win the Silver Slugger this year? It’s been a down year for offense, and he’s been worth more RAA than any other shortstop.

    In fact, in the AL, the only other shortstop hitting better than average is Cliff Pennington.

    He’s overpaid, but lots of teams would like to be able to complain about their 3 win shortstop.

    • Nom Chompsky

      AL* Shortstop.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I’m giving my AL SS Silver Slugger vote to Edinson Volquez.

  • Nom Chompsky

    Mine is going to Inception.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Works for me.