Calf strain lands Jeter on disabled list

Cory Wade: Useful or Filler?
Game 65: Rain

Update (5:57pm): The Yankees announced that Jeter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with that strained right calf. Pena takes his place on the roster. The Cap’n made a case to remain active, but the Yankees just couldn’t play any more shorthanded than they already are, not with the NL leg of interleague play coming up this weekend.

Original Post (4:27pm): Derek Jeter will miss at least a week with an injured calf, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters this afternoon, but the club will not move to place him on the disabled list until after the short stop meets with doctors at 6 p.m. tonight. No matter what happens with Jeter, the Yanks will recall Ramiro Peña from Triple A Scranton to provide infield depth, but Eduardo Nuñez will receive the majority of the playing time at short during Jeter’s absence.

Jeter left last night’s game in the fifth inning after pulling up lame while running out a routine fly ball, and was seen slamming his helmet as he walked to the clubhouse with assistant trainer Steve Donohue. It’s a shock whenever the Cap’n gets hurt because he’s been remarkably durable during his career. This would be his first DL stint since the infamous dislocated shoulder sidelined him for six weeks at the start of the 2003 season and just his fifth ever. The injury likely guarantees that his string of seven straight seasons with at least 150 games played will end.

For the Yankees, the decision to place Jeter on the disabled list is complicated by the Captain himself. As Jeter admitted, he knows he’s going to be out at least a week with the calf strain, but he is concerned, as Jack Curry noted, that if he is ready to play after a week, he’ll be bored waiting for his DL stint to be over. With the Yanks’ upcoming Interleague swing through NL parks, the club might be better off using the roster flexibility (although Jeter himself begs to differ).

As for Jeter’s pursuit of his 3000th career hits, well that’s going to be on hold for a while. He’s clearly not going to get to 3000 on this homestand. If he goes on the disabled list, he would be eligible to come off on Wednesday, June 29th, the second game of a three game series against the Brewers at home. The Yankees then head out on the road for six games, but it’s worth noting that the first series of that short road trip is against the Mets. Jeter’s six hits away, so it’s still possible that he’ll reach the milestone in New York, just in CitiField. If he misses only a week, he would be able to return to the lineup on the brink of a six-game homestand, and I’m sure the Yankees would prefer to see him reach the milestone in the Bronx.

We’ll update this story once the Yankees announce their moves later this evening.

Cory Wade: Useful or Filler?
Game 65: Rain
  • Matt :: Sec110

    It’s not his decision to make…put him on the friggin DL.

    Look at Jimmy Rollins and ARod the past couple of seasons. A ‘minor’ calf injury turned into worse.

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s not your decision to make, either.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It’s George W. Bush’s decision to make. He’s the Decider™.

      • Matt :: Sec110

        really? that’s where you’re going with this? haha.

        • Ted Nelson

          It is obviously not Jeter’s decision ultimately, and he’s not the one making it. Most likely Girardi and/or Cashman will make it based on advice from doctors, Jeter himself, coaches, the FO, each other (Cashman and Girardi, etc.

          How you know more than all those people is beyond me. Jeter has a legitimate input into this. He knows how much it hurts. He may be able to say “I had something similar before, and it took 2 days… I’m fine” or whatever else he feels. That doesn’t mean Cashman/Girardi have to agree with him.

          You, on the other hand, have zero input. Yet you’ve already decided the DL is the right move.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            turns out he was right. Well done MATT!!!

            • Ted Nelson

              A. I don’t think he was right. He was wrong to think he knew more than the team and could make the decision even if ultimately their decisions were the same, and he was wrong to imply Jeter had any say in the decision beyond how he felt.

              B. Our opinions were not mutually exclusive. He said Jeter shouldn’t have a say, and I said neither should he. In the end neither did.

      • CMP

        The point is the decision belongs to Cashman and Girardi after consultation with the team physicians. Jeter should not be part of the decision making process because he’s never gonna want to go on the DL.

        Cashman apparently stated he wants Jeter to be DLed and if that’s the case, then that’s what should happen.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Jeter should not be part of the decision making process because he’s never gonna want to go on the DL.

          Cashman’s (roughly paraphrased) quote: “They don’t get paid to make that decision, we do. They’re never going to think they can’t play, because they think they’re superhuman. Many times, athletically, they are. But it’s our decision to make.”

        • Ted Nelson

          That’s probably what’s going to happen if that’s what Cashman wants to happen.

          My point is that there is no reason for Matt :: Sec110 to decide what the right move is.

          That Cashman and Girardi will ultimately make the decision, with the help of medical staff, Jeter, and others. That Matt is jumping to conclusions both about how much input Jeter has and about what the right move is. That Jeter has a legit input, since it’s his body. If he can’t even walk, it’s totally different from if he can walk with no pain but just not explode.

          • El Busto

            I laughed.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    how much of that is weighing on them not DL’ing him right now? he’s what 37? and making $17MM a year? we really ought to protect his health, but I understand their (FO) desire to get the 3k hit at home (if that is in fact having any bearing.

    Pena recalled–don’t we have to drop somebody to make room?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      They haven’t announced the roster move yet. If Jeter gets DL’d, that will be the move. If not, they’ll probably cut someone from the bullpen.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Is Marquez out of options? I have to assume he is (otherwise, why would the Sox have DFA’d him?)

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      but I understand their (FO) desire to get the 3k hit at home (if that is in fact having any bearing.

      Kay asked Cashman that directly (Does the #3000 have any impact on your decision to DL or not DL Jeter?) and Cashman said flatly “No”.

      • Rey22

        Cashman said no, but if Jeterwere far from the 3000 or had already got them, is there any doubt they would’ve DL’d him regardless of his complains?

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yes, of course there is.

      • Ted Nelson

        I don’t think it’s really figuring into their decision, but I also don’t think Cashman saying “no” proves much.

    • Ted Nelson

      15 days I think he’d come back right around the time the Rays are coming to NY.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    No matter what happens with Jeter, the Yanks will recall Ramiro Peña from Triple A Scranton to provide infield depth.

    Cashman was just on Michael Kay’s radio show and said Peña is already at the stadium. He’s either going to replace Jeter if the DL stint happens or replace one of the pitchers who gets optioned down.

    He also said, however, that Martin is day-to-day but won’t be DL’d. It’s Cervelli with Jorge as the emergency. No Montero or Molina (not that he mentioned either by name).

    • Smallz

      On Francesa he said he wont call up Montero to sit on the bench. He did say Jorge Posada could catch too. I forgot about that.

      • jim p

        Would it be horrible if Posada caught and the DH went to someone else for a few days? Anymore horrible than having Cervelli in back of the plate?

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


        • 7commerce

          We are 9-5 w/ Cervy behind plate–very slick handling AJ yesterday. When he plays steadily, he is a .270 hitter w/ knack for hitting w/ RISP. Won 95 last yr whIle he caught lion’s share. What’s the problem–he’s a strong back-up.

    • Guest

      Makes sense to call Pena up irrespective of whether they DL Jetes if he’s going to end up missing a full week no matter what.

      (Must…resist…urge…to comment on the Martin DL issue. Must resist…)

    • Gonzo

      But did he say Pena was going to be at the stadium for the team or to help with concessions? I want details dagnabbit!

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        As long as he doesn’t replace that cute concessions girl in the Legends moat behind the Yankee dugout, I’m good.

        (Why nobody has posted a screencap of her yet is beyond me. Get on it, horny internet nerds.)

        • Guest

          I am really shocked that this hasn’t become a meme around here…

        • theyankeewarrior

          OMGZZ yes. She is literally the one thing* I can not wait to see at the stadium this season. I’ve already been there like 6 times, so I’ve seen it all.

          *I said “thing” both because I’m referring to her as an object and because I’m grouping her with the other sights and sounds of the stadium

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Her name is “Corlis”, apparently.

            (Holy fuck, I scare myself sometimes with my ability to find things on the internets.)

            • Esteban

              YES! I swear the cameraman lingers a little too long when showing the closeup of lefthanded batters, knowing that she’s in the shot.

            • hikker

              OHHLAALAA I got to get me one of those..

  • The Town Drunk

    Mannn God WTF, I wish they would just put him on the DL already!!! I need the roster spot for the fantasy baseball team

  • Smallz

    Brian Cashman just did an interview on WFAN and was extremley open and honest about just about eveything.

    – He wants to see Jeter go to the DL, Jeter is making it difficult to go on the DL. He recalled Pena, if Jeter stays on the bench. A pitcher goes down to make room for Pena.

    – Russell Martin is not going to the DL. Hes sitting a few more days (More Frankie Cervelli!! YAY!!!) BUT I swear Cashman said this. You can go listen to the interview with Francesa. If Martin does hit the DL than Jesus Montero will probably get the call to replace him because he wants him to start every day.

    He said some other stuff too about waiver moves and the Joba debacle and the killer Bs coming up. It really was a shockingly open interview. You should go check it out when its up.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It was informative, yes. The other points you mentioned:

      – David Phelps was scratched from his start to be in line to take Colon’s rotation turn. Noesi is available in the bullpen, but if he doesn’t make an appearance, he is also in contention for that start. If he pitches from the pen, the start goes to Phelps, if not, Joe has the choice between the two.

      – Banuelos and Betances haven’t been ruled out for contributing for 2011, but it’s unlikely. Their development is the priority.

      – Phil Hughes won’t be a bullpen pitcher when he comes back. Hughes is a starter and nothing else; the bullpen “fixing” Cashman intends to do won’t include him.

      – He doesn’t expect Feliciano back but does expect Soriano back.

      • Smallz

        Yea all those things were very intresting too. My apologies for forgetting those.

      • CP

        He doesn’t expect Feliciano back


        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          This year. My bad.

          He said that they haven’t totally ruled it out, that Feliciano is rehabbing and trying to make it back, but that it’s a longshot. That basically he’s trying to make it back from an injury that nobody makes it back from within a year.

          • CP

            What was his injury?

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              “Grade III Mets”.

              • CP

                Damn. That’s worse than I thought.

                I doubt he’ll be back before the end of 2012.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Grade III Mets is almost always fatal. He’s got a hard road in front of him.

    • steve s

      I heard the interview. Again Cashman seemed to be unecessarily condescending to Jeter and too public about the details bascially saying that because he is the “Captain” he will let Jeter “be heard” with the appropriate full medical and management staff present but that it was going to be Cashman’s decision and Pena’s already in the Bronx (but it should be clear to anyone listening that Cashman will DL him no matter what Jeter or the medical staff says and that letting “Jeter be heard” was just to placate Jeter).

  • Rob

    How are they going to go to NL parks with no back up infielders, one horrible catcher, and one who is very banged up who has played once in the last week? This either seems pretty self centered on jeter’s part or just dumb on cashman and the fo’s part, or both. I don’t see how they don’t dl him, pena cant get a spot without them doing that, right?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      They’re not in NL parks until Friday. Cashman probably intends to use the interim to evaluate and then make roster moves/decisions after the Texas series is over.

    • Smallz

      Hell probably send down Pendleton or Marquez if Jeter stays day to day but I completely agree with you. One backup infielder and 2 outfielders. NO BACKUP CATCHER. this is really dumb. You gotta do whats best for the team sometimes. If they just dled Martin last week hed only have another 9 or 10 days till he was back.

  • CP

    Why are they so reluctant to put guys on the DL when they’re clearly injured? Sure, they may miss an extra couple of days, but there’s also much less risk of coming back too early and aggravating the injury.

    • Ted Nelson

      We don’t even know that they’re reluctant to… unless I’ve already missed a pitcher being cut/demoted, they might announce Jeter to the DL any minute. Not rushing into it before they know the extent of the injury and have some time to think is not at all the same thing as being reluctant. Have some patience. I’m not sure what would be gained by announcing it last night instead of today.

      If they do feel it’s minor and he’ll be back in 7 days or whatever… then what’s to be lost is maybe 8 games with their starting SS and lead-off hitter. Granted… he’s not particularly good at either of those jobs anymore, but it’s something. Nunez and Pena aren’t that good either, and now Pena would be your fill-in at 2B, SS, or 3B instead of Nunez.

      • CP

        We don’t even know that they’re reluctant to…

        Well, there’s Martin – who obviously couldn’t play on Sunday.

        And A-Rod earlier this year, when he could play, but sucked.

        And A-Rod last year, when he thought he could play but then aggravated a calf injury before going on the DL.

        And now (possibly) Jeter.

        • Ted Nelson

          Jeter is… on the DL.

          Anyway, though, you have to put it in some context to say if they’re reluctant. Are other teams less reluctant?

  • Cliff

    Let him sit a week, then he can hit 3,000 at old timers day. Done.

  • Rob

    I got it! Have Jeter hobble out to start the game. Cc then purposely walks andrus on 4 pitches. Obviously andrus runs right away, Jeter covers second where cervelli will most definitely make an errant throw to. Jeter channels his phantom hbp ability to make it look like he gets hit in the head. You then put him on the 7 day concussion dl, problem solved!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Chances that Derek Jeter wants to go down in history as the first man to be placed on the 7-day concussion DL:

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Except he wouldn’t be first right?

        • Rob

          Denard span and Brett lawrie are boys

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Oooh, Denard Span, last week. I missed that. Good catch.

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  • steve (different one)

    Would be utterly hilarious if Nunez raked for 2 weeks…

    • Rainbow Connection

      Cow joke?

  • Ted Nelson

    I think this injury could be better than Bartolo in terms of blessing in disguise. I don’t know how much the rest helps Jeter… he’s probably going to be a below average SS either way… but maybe keeps him a little fresher. In this case, more than helping the veteran, this gives Nunez at least one stretch of consistent playing time. Can’t put much stock into what may be only a 7 or even 15-ish game cameo… but it’s something at least. If he got a 12 game run, it would literally double his PAs for the season-to-date. Get a look at him against MLB pitching, maybe pump up his trade value. Nunez won’t have to do much to approximate Jeter’s value, of course, which also differentiates this from Bartolo. Plus Gardner will get another crack at leading off, or someone else will… and that may be the biggest long-term impact: if Gardner, say, smokes it as a lead-off hitter the Yankees are in a better position to move Jeter down the line-up as he eases his way back in. If things go well (and of course they may not), keep Jeter there.

    So… I think this has even more “blessing in disguise” potential than Colon. Though I guess I’m sort of stating the obvious there.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      hadn’t even thought of what they do with Jeter when he comes back…DH only for a few days maybe? And bat him where? 6th? This, already ugly, is only going to be worse.

      • Ted Nelson

        He’ll be the SS when he comes back. Where he’ll hit… I don’t know.

    • Gonzo

      I am disappointed in you Ted Nelson. You are basing an opinion on information you have on hand now. However, you know full well that what will actually happen in the future will dictate if this is a blessing or not.

      I see you in a totally new light.

      Cue Ted Nelson rant in 5…4…3…

      • Ted Nelson

        Is that even English?

        I have no idea what you’re talking about.

        What I’m saying is really simple… Jeter’s absence gives PAs to Nunez, provided he stays healthy himself. That’s a good thing, even if he sucks. It’s a chance to see him against MLB pitching. It also opens the lead-off spots, presumably for Gardner.

        There is no doubt about those two things. There will be a SS and lead-off hitter not named Derek Jeter for 15 days unless the Yankees sign someone else named Derek Jeter.

        • Gonzo

          I am embarrased for you, Ted Nelson, that you had to take the low road.

          You throw around “good” and “blessings” like they are fact. It’s a pity. I feel sorry for you.

  • Ryan 407

    Call it self centered but this process shouldn’t involve Jeter. He should be placed on the DL and told to enjoy his vacation. No one wants to hit the DL in baseball. Why should Jeter be any different

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s about him knowing his body and the extent of the pain, for one thing. And I’d take a veteran’s word on that over a rookie’s personally.

      It’s also about the actual medical staff’s opinion on the injury. If they tell you it’s nothing and he should be back in 5-7 days max… why are you rushing him onto the 15 day DL?

    • Xstar7

      Because he’s a baseball icon and is about to reach a very prestigious milestone.

    • CP

      It MUST involve Jeter. The question is how injured he is. Part of that is based on quantitative evaluations of doctors, but a large part is based on discussions with the individual.

      The final decision should not be Jeter’s, but he does have a role to play.

      • Zack D

        Only problem with that is most athletes say “I’m good to go” regardless of the injury. Look at Kim Jones’ tweet – Jeter felt the calf coming off the field, tried to stretch it out in the on-deck circle, then ran to first and did more damage.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    It also comes off as a bit selfish. About playing a man short he said “we’ve done it before…”.

    I realize he thinks this injury might not be a full 15 day thing, but it hurts the team to play a guy short in NL ballparks when you have to double switch, pinch hit for the pitcher.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals


    PLEASE starters go deep into games and win these puppies against Texas in blowouts so we’re not sweating it and using the pen etc etc.

    Literally, a single, walk, HBP and a Curtis Granderslam can save a few player’s options and a ton of stress…


  • Wooderson

    man WHAT has to happen for montero to be called up? martin is a ghost, he’s obviously banged up. what are they so afraid of? and more importantly, how can we as fans see a cervelli/posada tandem as such a horrible idea and these guys cant? i mean….they’ve been watching the games, right?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Because making a move (like promoting your #1 prospect) is WAY more complex than “Is our current tandem of Cervelli/Posada a horrible idea?”

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        There’s really no better option than a broken Martin? They’re literally saying ‘we’d rather this guy ride the pine than call up Montero, Molina, A Concussed Austin Romine.’

        Nunez and Pena. I hope these kids at AAA realize they are one hot streak and a pulled (insert Weiner joke here) away from being in NY if they can get it together!

        Admittedly, I would LOVE to see Arod get a start at SS and have him just swing for the fences each PA. Bat him first just to try for an extra.

      • Guest

        Agreed that this decision involves a lot of moving parts b/c of what Montero means to the franchise.

        But when you add up all the factors, don’t they militate in favor of calling up Montero?

        I also don’t quite understand the view that Montero must play everyday when he comes up or stay in the minors. Jorge didn’t play every day when he came up and things seem to have turned out alright there. I can’t see a better way of easying a guy into the most demanding position on the field than by starting him as a back up, having him work up to equal time, and then slowly continue to progress until he becomes the man. Again, worked with Jorge.

        And it would be one thing if Montero was a 19 year old who breezed through 4 levels in only one minor league season. But that is not the case. He’s been in AA or higher for the equivalent of nearly two full seasons.

        He hasn’t been rushed, he has nothing left to prove at AAA, the starting catcher has a history of being banged up/has been overworked/is currently banged up, and the two other back-up catching options are not very good/bordering on terrible. Even his Super-2 clock has already run.

        I know its always a big decision when you call up the crown jewel of your farm system, but to me, all signs point to “Yes.” (But then again, my opinion and a quarter will allow you to place a local telephone call on one of those old-fangled public telephones).

        • CS Yankee


          • CS Yankee

            …well, except for that last paragraph.

        • Ted Nelson

          “he has nothing left to prove at AAA”

          He still has to prove to most people that he can catch, and he has taken a major step backwards this season-to-date.

          • Guest

            I should have said at the plate. My bad.

            I haven’t heard that he’s taken major steps back at the plate. I have heard that he’s crystalized into a “it is what it is” situation. He’s not the trave-sha-mockery back there that he was a couple of years ago, but he is still below average–well below average.

            Given the below average catching defense the Yanks have experienced (and won with) in recent years, this doesn’t bother me too much.

            Again, bad-field very good to great bat, beats pretty bad-field terrible bat any day of the week and twice on doubleheaders.

            • Ted Nelson

              “I haven’t heard that he’s taken major steps back at the plate.”

              His wOBA is .325. His BABIP is .365, so he’s not getting unlucky. He’s not hitting for any power. His BB% is almost 1/2 what it was last season. His K% is up from 20 to 25 (a 25% increase).

              “Again, bad-field very good to great bat, beats pretty bad-field terrible bat any day of the week and twice on doubleheaders.”

              You haven’t even attempted to prove his bat is good to great in MLB right now. It’s 100% mediocre in AAA right now (100 RC+)… so how is it that you expect it to be great in MLB?

  • Brian

    Russel Martin is crippled. Francisco Cervelli is Francisco Cervelli. Our top prospect has played over a full season in AAA, and happens to be a catcher. But the front office for whatever reason refuses to make the call. I am going f*cking crazy.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I have no way of confirming this, but I bet if Montero was actually having a good (and not a mediocre) season, and was fully healthy (as opposed to just coming off an eye infection), he probably would have been called up last week.

      He’s been scuffling, though, and he’s not 100% healthy. Those are important factors.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        what’s the deal with sitting a few days post-eye issue? you think its a local disciplinary deal?


      • Guest

        The power numbers are not where they should be. Agreed. He should be walking more. Also agreed.

        But its not like he’s hitting .223 and looking overmatched. He’s still hitting nearly .300. Again, the power and the patience being down is problematic.

        But even while scuffling, he has certainly performed well enough that I think we can all agree he would be a marked upgrade over Molina/Cervelli at the plate. Plus, as he proved last year, he’s not likely to scuffle the whole season. And given Cervelli’s umm “performance” behind the dish, I can’t imagine his defense would be thaaat much of a drop-off.

        I also think the whole injury thing seems far overblown. Judging from Winegar’s comments, they sat Montero this weekend because they wanted to send a message. Maybe his behavioral stuff (Winegar points to frustration at how long he’s been at AAA, so he’s already got that in common with many of his fans) is enough of a reason to not call him up. I don’t know enough about the situation to comment intelligently.

        But I certainly don’t think his performance or the eye thing (which again, sounds like it was originally overblown to hide Winegar’s decision to sit him for attitude reasons) are reasons to keep him down in AAA.

        • Ted Nelson

          “He’s still hitting nearly .300.”

          With a .365 BABIP…

          Cervelli also hit almost .300 with no power when his BABIP was sky high. So, no, I honestly don’t think it’s a forgone conclusion that Montero’s an upgrade. If he wants to be considered an upgrade, he shouldn’t be pussy-footing around in AAA. Hit the damn ball.

    • Brandon

      Apparently Newsday had an article where the SWB hitting coach said Montero is still immature at bat and ist ready yet and is not nearly ready for MLB. My opinion is that maybe he is acting like this because he is getting rediculously bored with AAA. I wouldnt be surprised. If your bored, you act up. Anyway, what ever the issue is, bring him up! If Martin said he wont be ready for a few days, just DL him and make sure he is fully healthy. DL Martin and call up Montero. Im sorry, I refuse to have to deal with Cervelli anymore. He is beyond awful.

      • CP

        The quote was more along the line of Montero sees AAA as a place he is just passing through. Which is true. It essentially confirmed the “He’s bored in AAA” rumors. And somehow keeping him there is going to teach him a lesson and make him a better player?

        Why not promote him for two weeks so he can have his ass handed to him and demonstrate that he needs to put in the work in AAA?

        • Guest

          You know what though? I think Jesus is right (which is fitting, with my being a Christian and all).

          He’s crushed AAA pitching for extended periods of time. If he’s going through a slump in AAA, it’s probably just a slump. He’s proved that the level is not beyond him. He’s seen the best level of pitching he’s ever going to see at AAA anad he’s seen it for a while now.

          At the plate, he’s got nothing to learn there that he wouldn’t better learn in the majors.

          • Ted Nelson

            “He’s crushed AAA pitching for extended periods of time.”

            He’s seriously been bad for more time than good in AAA… He got his ass handed to him for about 1/2 of last season, and now nearly 1/2 way though this season he’s been totally average. Maybe he does have a Manny Ramirez type of “I’ll try when I feel like it” attitude, but I’m not rushing to promote a totally average AAA hitter to my MLB team if I’m the Yankees. He knew damn well coming into the season he was in AAA until after the super2 deadline, so why not hit well until then? That he’s hitting like crap on purpose doesn’t cut it with me. That’s immature beyond belief. I’d keep him down the rest of the year and till the 2012 super2 deadline if that’s the case.

            “At the plate, he’s got nothing to learn there that he wouldn’t better learn in the majors.”

            Learning how to hit well for more than 0.5 of the last 1.5 seasons (more than 33% of the time) would be great.

        • Ted Nelson

          Can go either way really… might get his ass handed to him, but might be better long-term not to award poor behavior AND poor performance. The guy is just not hitting well this season. If you think you’re too good for AAA… you should at least be hitting above average. He’s an average AAA hitter so far in 2011. That is not someone you promote to MLB.

      • Ted Nelson

        Montero has been league average in AAA offensively this season. If he’s bored that’s his own damn fault.

  • Pat D

    It is time to rain down an ungodly fucking firestorm upon someone’s heads. I am talking scorched earth, motherfucker. I will massacre you. I WILL FUCK YOU UP!!!!


    OK, I’m back now. How’s everyone doing today?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Pat, if I was to give you some money from out of my wallet, would that help ease the pain?

      • Pat D

        Tee hee.

        Actually not. I need my company to get its head out of its ass and approve my LOA request. Haven’t even looked at it yet, though they’ve had all the info for over a week, and it’s supposed to start on Sunday.

    • Xstar7

      “OK, I’m back now.”

      Where did you go? You were here yesterday.

      • Pat D

        The rant was me embodying Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. I’m in that kind of mood.

        • Xstar7

          Oh I see. Tropic Thunder was a very entertaining movie by the way.

          “COVER ME YOU LIMP-DICK FUCK-UPS!”-Kirk Lazarus

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Officially on the DL.

    • Xstar7

      That sucks for Jeter. They should call it the “Struggle for 3,000” instead of the “Quest for 3,000.”

      • Esteban

        The “Limp to 3000.” It’s both literal and figurative.

        • Xstar7

          Jeter has been playing like a soldier. But the warm weather in the ensuing months should transform him back into Megatron.

  • Uncle Mike

    It would be appropriate for Jeter to get Number 3000 at Citi Field. A, It is New York. B, The place has no history, so he can be the first player to really make history there. And C, He has experience in embarrassing the Mets in Flushing Meadow. (The 2000 World Series.)

    My only regret is that my longtime (well, 2 years old) prediction that he would get it on his birthday, June 26, is now out the window.

    • CS Yankee

      Plus the Mets could actually more some tickets.

      The Yankees are always helping out in charitable ways.

      • CS Yankee

        err, move

  • Kevin

    For the love of Mo, bring up Jesus!

    • Greg

      If Martin goes on the DL then we will have to. Right now they have no place for him.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Now that Jeter is DL’ed it’s a good move.

  • Pat D

    Well, Mike assured us that the baseball gods would allow Jeter to get 3000 at home. Maybe this is them working in their mysterious ways?

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    STOP ALREADY with the no-backup catcher nonsense. Besides Jorge, there’s Nunez, and Swisher, and PENA. Damn. We’re fine.

    • Kevin G.

      In one of my MLB games I made Ken Griffey Jr. my catcher. Maybe Granderson can try his hand behind the backstop.

  • http://rab Rob

    Best case senario here.Now we should have better defense up the middle,a double play or two less on offense and the sideshow of 3000 hits on the back burner.Maybe a glimps into the future.