Yesterday we learned that Derek Jeter has not resumed baseball activities other than throwing, nor has he starting running to test his strained calf. In this morning’s New York Post, George King has some quotes from Brian Cashman on the matter, and they make it sound as though Jeter won’t be back when he is eligible on June 29th.
“I can’t tell you right now when he will be ready,” Cashman said. “He is getting treatment every day and feeling better, but he can’t run and can’t swing the bat.”
When the Yankees placed Jeter on the DL last week, he argued that he would be ready in a week and didn’t want to sit around waiting for his DL stint to expire. The Yankees may kowtow to Jeter’s ego by continuing to hit him in the leadoff spot despite having better options, but they made the right choice by putting him on the DL against his wishes. It would have been quite a stretch through the NL, especially with the doubleheader on Wednesday, if the Yankees were playing without a backup infielder.