Injury Updates: Derek Jeter, Damaso Marte


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.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. steve says:

    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.

  2. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  3. Mister Delaware says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • 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 says:

        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.

  4. Mike HC says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  5. Frank says:

    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.

  6. Jersey Johnny says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. [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.


  8. A.D. says:

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

    • Zack says:

      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

  9. EndlessMike says:

    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.

  10. Hughesus Christo says:

    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.

  11. Poopy Pants says:

    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.

  12. Nom Chompsky says:

    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.

  13. Nom Chompsky says:

    Mine is going to Inception.

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