Game 92: The Captain Returns

(Hunter Martin/Getty)

(Hunter Martin/Getty)

Two-hundred and forty-three days after crumbling to the Yankee Stadium infield with a fractured left ankle in Game One of the ALCS, Derek Jeter returns to the lineup this afternoon. He was expected to be back much sooner, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Better late than never, of course.

With just four Triple-A rehab games under is belt — and a bunch of simulated at-bats in Tampa before that — after close to nine months of no baseball activity, I really have no idea what to expect from Jeter at this point. I do expect there to be some rust, that seems inevitable after such a short rehab assignment, but I don’t know how long it will take him to shake that off. At the same time, the team’s shortstops have been a collective disaster this year, so it won’t take much for the Cap’n to improve the lineup. Either way, I’m glad he’s back and I hope his presence gives the club the shot in the arm they so desperately need.

Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out there against Ervin Santana:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. RF Vernon Wells
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 3B Luis Cruz
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte, who really needs to put together a strong outing from start to finish. Things have not been going well since he returned from the DL seven starts ago.

It was raining for a good part of the morning but the tarp is off the field and the game is expected to start on time. There is a chance of showers later this afternoon, however. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: Travis Ishikawa has been designated for assignment to clear both a 25-man and 40-man roster spot for Jeter, who was officially activated off the 60-day DL. I hope Ishikawa wears a Yankees hat into the Hall of Fame.

Final Vote: You have until 4pm ET to case your vote and help send David Robertson to the All-Star Game. Here’s the ballot. You can also vote using the #HighSocksForVotes hashtag on Twitter. Just tweet that out and it count as one vote. At last check, Robertson was second behind Steve Delabar in the voting.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    See…gone before we could figure out how to spell Ishakawa…Ishawika….Iswakana…..

  2. your mom says:

    Ishikawa will be sorely missed. . . . by none.

  3. your mom says:

    When are we getting rid of Joba and Hughes???

  4. forensic says:

    And so ends maybe the most pointless roster move and tenure in Yankees history. I’ll never understand what they were thinking with that. Unbelievable…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Gone quicker than a bag of Qualls.

      BTW, Qualls is now considered a desirable trade target for some. I thought we declared him legally dead on here.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Did it hurt anything?

      • forensic says:

        With 2 strikeouts on 7 pitches and at least one misplay in the field, it certainly didn’t help anything. Though I’m sure those 6 innings that Overbay had off were critical for him.

        And again, it was right as Adams was getting on base and maybe hitting again.

    • trr says:

      it’s almost like he was a one game rental

  5. your mom says:

    I really dig Scranton’s cap. Don’t know why.

  6. Steve says:

    Until a trade or injury return, all they have to do is get that lefty 1b platoon in ruiz or canzler

    • forensic says:

      Absurdly, they had a righty who could play 1B on the roster and decided to send him down for the waste that was Ishikawa. And it was right as he had maybe started hitting again (over .400 OBP the last week).

      • Duh Injuries says:

        Adams would’ve been sent down to make room for Jeter anyway, since Ishakawa was DFA to make room for Jeter.

        • forensic says:

          Not necessarily. You could’ve seen Gonzalez be DFA’d instead since just sending down Adams doesn’t clear a 40-man spot for Jeter.

  7. Pseudoyanks says:

    Damn, I love Opening Day!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      *looks down at lineup and still sees Cruz and Romine*

      • Pseudoyanks says:

        *wakes up from temporary fog*

      • Duh Injuries says:

        What annoys me about the demotion of Adams is it’s already cost the Yanks two runs as I think Adams would’ve got to that ball Cruz didn’t get to. ‘Problem is the Yanks need Cruz who I don’t think they could send down to AAA. If they could, they should’ve sent him down and kept Adams since Nunez is back and expected to be the primary SS the rest of the year with Jeter being the primary DH now that Hafner has fizzled out from playing so much after years of underplaying due to injury (what else besides age?)

        BTW Andy Pettitte looks cooked and at what point do the Yanks have to consider putting him on the disabled list to give him a breather? The rotation could be Sabathia/Kuroda/Hughes/Phelps/Nova for two turns after the All-Star Break. Pettitte works stuff out in “rehab” at AAA and returns later this month / early next.

        • forensic says:

          No, they couldn’t send Cruz down without him agreeing to it, but they could’ve just dumped Gonzalez. But, there’s no way Jeter will be the primary DH instead of SS this year.

  8. ROBTEN says:

    On the one hand, I am glad he’s back. He can certainly improve what has been, to put it mildly, a depressing line-up to this point.

    On the other hand, this seems like a rushed, panicky move and I hope that it does not turn into a Teixeira-redux situation. Four games seems pretty quick to determine that a twice-broken ankle is fully healed and ready for not just game activity, but the full rigors of a season, much less prepared to play at mid-season level.

    Oh well, here’s to the eternal hope and unpredictability of baseball. (And, unlike some people, here’s hoping Alex is following shortly.)

    • forensic says:

      I’m not necessarily worried about him getting hurt again (though it could happen). I just think it’s rushed and panicky because I’m not sure he’s ready to hit and help now, combined with the 4 more days of sitting around doing nothing during the ASB.

      • ROBTEN says:

        This too. It’s not like he’s been tearing the cover off the ball. SSS and all that, but there’s spring training for a reason. Is he in game shape? Can he hit ML-level pitching? The walks seem to point to his ability to “see” pitches fairly well–although this could also be due to MiL pitchers–but whether bat speed is there will be the question.

        Again, I hope it works and Derek hits like Derek (and is not just a sagging attendance/ratings decision). At this point, with a team wRC+ 83, I am not sure it could really get worse. Can you score negative runs?

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    I wish i was at the stadium today so freaking badly!

  10. forensic says:

    It still amazes me that they hadn’t even reached 8 runs at home until last night.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      That was a surprising stat, wasn’t it?

      • forensic says:

        It’s crazy, we all know they can’t hit, but you’d think they’d fluke into one of those games along the way in such a hitters park.

        Last season it took them all of 3 games to break 8 at home. And 5 games to do it twice.

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Andy, you already had your bad inning in the bullpen. It already happened. Doesn’t need to happen again. Really.

  12. Pseudoyanks says:

    So when the creatures were shouting DER-EK JET-ER, did he wave at them from the dugout?

  13. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy’s kinda tentative today.

  14. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Would it be too much to ask for for iLuv or iHome to make one of these dock/clock/radio things that allows me to plug my iPhone 5 AND get AM radio so that I don’t have to put up with the audio/Gameday lag AND cut into my data plan by listening to the game at work?

  15. forensic says:

    Ugh… Yet again for Pettitte.

  16. fabricio says:

    please retire Pettite

  17. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The have the infield back? Another run and it’s over.

    • I was surprised by that move as well. When you average a little less than 4 runs per game, there’s really no reason to give up a run for an out.

      • ROBTEN says:


        (Not So) Fun Fact: The Yankees have been shut out 7 times already this year, after just 6 last year. They’ve scored three runs or less in 48% of their games this season (44 of 91).

        So, perhaps Joe is just an optimist–the glass is 52% full.

  18. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The Pettitte comeback experiment has not gone too well now has it.

  19. forensic says:

    Thank you Royals for being so stupid as to still employ Miguel Tejada.

  20. Wheels says:

    Would be nice to be able to use some of those excess runs from last night.

  21. Alissa says:

    Why the heck does Joe insist in constantly catching Romine with Andy?! Andy can’t work with him…every time he does he STINKS!!

    • nycsportzfan says:

      day game after night game. But, some of those pitches from Andy were just not where they should of been. Not romines fault.

    • forensic says:

      The way Pettitte’s been pitching, you could put Johnny Bench back there and he’d stink. It’s not a Romine thing.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        Even Varitek would only be able to coax a measly 4-hitter the way Pettitte is pitching right now.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    Oh snap, hes got the EM playing when he comes up!!! Gotta love it!

    BASE HIT!!!

  23. David N says:

    Please don’t hurt the ankle running like that, Derek.

  24. Pseudoyanks says:

    Too funny. Way to go Cap’n.

  25. Dalek Jeter says:

    Weak groundball to the left side on the first pitch? Jeter’s in midseason form =P

  26. Wheels says:

    Yay, that counts! Welcome back Jeter

  27. forensic says:

    Finally, some power in the lineup…

  28. I'm One says:

    Cap’n batting 1.000. Should have brought him back sooner. Guess he can still run a bit.

  29. Mike HC says:

    Someone should tell Cano the fake bunt thing doesn’t work if you don’t actually bunt every now and then.

  30. SDB says:

    Is it just my eyes, or is Santana getting a much bigger strike zone than Pettitte did? A couple of the ones to Butler seemed like strikes.

  31. nick swishah is a stahting pitchah says:

    of course he did

  32. nycsportzfan says:

    All right!!! A couple real screamers has us in prime positon!!!lol

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    here come the Bronx Singlers. If they can string together like 6 more singles they can tie this game up.

  34. Electrick says:

    And here come a double play

  35. nycsportzfan says:

    Well done Captain! Also Wellsy!

  36. Crime Dog says:

    Does anyone think that Wells has “looked a lot better” recently, like Flaherty just said? His recent hot streak has been mainly just ground balls finding the hole. That’s at least what it’s looked like to me.

    • Yeah, I don’t think going 14-36 is by any stretch “turning it around”. You can only cheat a loss in bat speed for so long.

    • NeilT says:

      You’ve just described _ALL_ the Yankees hitting for the past week*

      * Homers by Cano, Overbay, and Cano’s it’s-a-double-no-it’s-a-homer-hey-no-it’s-not-it’s-a-trip…-oops-a-double last night excepted.

    • Matt says:

      No, I think he has looked better. He is more patient at the plate and is hitting the ball hard to all fields. The better “luck” is because he’s hitting more hard grounders and line drives instead of popping out or hitting weak grounders.

  37. Electrick says:

    So you’re allowed to score with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs? interesting…..

  38. Brian in MA says:

    obligatory 1 run scored

  39. NeilT says:

    Jeter is batting 1.000! He went first-to-third on a single! He tagged up and scored on a sac fly!!!

    The Yankees season is SAVED!!

  40. stuart a says:

    1 run for the yanks is 3 runs for other teams.

    do not want to count him out but Pettitte has been bad for at least a month.

    2 strike hits seem to be killing him…

    also pettitte cannot field his position like Cc and smart teams get at least 1 free hit a game on that factor.

  41. SDB says:

    FFS Andy.

  42. Wheels says:

    Damn, Pettite has become a horrible fielder

  43. forensic says:

    Geez, that must be the 4th or 5th ball Pettitte has thrown past first base in the last couple of weeks.

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    I hate to say it but it’s probably time for Andy to retire when Pineda is ready.

  45. NeilT says:

    Watching Andy this past month, I think he needs to man up and call it quits at the ASB. He’s gassed.

  46. Elton Cod says:

    Hasn’t Andy made an error in the last 3 starts or so? or at least the last 3 starts of his I’ve watched.

    Oh look, another run. He kinda sucks.

  47. forensic says:

    Nunez with the flying helmet again. It’s amazing that thing never stays on.

  48. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy’s basically done. He’s been awful since he came off the DL. Maybe he’s just gassed. Now he’s going to give up three more before Joe pulls him. Not good. And it’s too early for that first beer….

  49. Emil says:

    #KabakHat— Benjamin Kabak (@bkabak) March 20, 2013

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    Santana is getting a huge zone compared to Pettitte

  51. Wheels says:

    I didn’t think Romine had it in him.

  52. Wheels says:


  53. forensic says:

    Nice Romine! It’s amazing that he’s only played a full 9 innings once in over three weeks.

    Can he go the distance today?

  54. forensic says:

    And nice Ichiro too!

  55. SeventhAce says:

    The captain and his intangibles already affecting the team!

  56. Rolling Doughnut says:

    2 out XBH? Followed by an RBI single? Us? Wow, now pull Andy and put in the long man. ANY long man.

  57. NeilT says:

    What just happened? I look away from Gameday for a minute or two to (shock, horror) do some work and Romine doubles?!

  58. Elton Cod says:

    Derek Jeter: back to his rally-killing ways.

  59. forensic says:

    Who had Romine being the one to get their first non-Cano/Overbay XBH in what feels like a month?

    *no one raises hand*

  60. I'm One says:

    Jeter can’t hit in the clutch. Trade him (for a bag of Qualls?).

  61. forensic says:

    For a guy who’s supposed to be a terrific fielder, it sure does seem like Cruz bobbles a lot of balls.

  62. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice work Andy.

  63. forensic says:

    Nice shutdown inning.

  64. forensic says:

    Now Cano can’t even run all the way down the line on a groundout? No, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s just one of those things that you should do every time.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Out of all the complaints about this year’s team, it seems to me that’s pretty much the least important, if still valid.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      I was thinking the same thing. It just rankles the shit out of me to see him dog it down the line. And it leads to bonehead baserunning like yesterday when he admires his HR, then jogs to 2d and finally decided to go for 3d.

  65. dkidd says:

    that de-escalated quickly

  66. nsalem says:

    Whitey Herzog DicK Howser and IDK

  67. Anderson Silva says:

    Andy really has nothing left. Maybe it’s really time to retire. He’s being clobbered by a weaker offense than the Yankees.

    • forensic says:

      Sadly, they aren’t a weaker offense than the Yankees. Yeah, they have fewer homeruns than the Yanks, but they still have a higher BA, OBP, SLG, and R/game.

    • sangreal says:

      He is hardly being clobbered. A bunch of dinky hits. He doesn’t look any worse than CC did earlier in the season and nobody thinks that is due to his age

  68. Rolling Doughnut says:

    OK Andy nice Houdini there.

  69. forensic says:

    Could you imagine 27 seasons with no playoffs? The Yankees would have to go till 2040 to reach that. That’s crazy.

  70. forensic says:

    Really Meredith? Kay asks about injury updates on A-Rod and you have to start with a steroid thing??? Come on now…

  71. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Stonehands Nuñez at Short.

  72. RetroRob says:

    Derek returns and Nunez reverts to his former error-prone ways.

    BTW I know Pettitte has pitched mediocre to worse the last five or six starts, but has the defense been lousy behind him also?

    • sangreal says:

      Yes, it has been, but that includes Andy’s defense as well. Teams have figured out they can easily bunt on him

      • RetroRob says:

        I’ve noticed that. He always had a reputation as a solid fielder. Not sure if he’s injury (back issue), age, or what, but they are bunting more. On the defense side, just feel there’s been a lot of softly hit balls dunking in.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Maybe, and he seems to have had some bad BABIP (I do not have the stat though so maybe I’m wrong) but since he came off the DL, he has not been sharp. Thank God it’s KC today. The Sox would be pounding him.

    • forensic says:

      Yeah, the defense has been kind of yuck, but he’s also contributing to it (he has errors in three straight starts now). And for what it’s worth, only two unearned runs have scored and one of those was after his own error.

  73. Get Her Lager says:

    Thinking ahead, who is going to take care of 7th inning, and 8th/9th if we don’t get a tie/lead? Claiborne has been bad lately and Joba is terrible. Girardi has a habit of giving close games away in the 7th/8th if we’re not ahead. I’d hate to see him put in Joba, we really need this one.

  74. WhittakerWalt says:

    I totally forgot this game was on so early! I see Andy’s given up his usual 4 runs.

  75. forensic says:

    Nice Overbay!

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    runs, glorious runs!

  77. FIPster Doofus says:

    Lyle fucking Overbay.

  78. WhittakerWalt says:


  79. WhittakerWalt says:

    Eff you, former Angel.
    Oh, here comes the Overbay BJ from Ma and Pa.
    “He has been clutch all year!”

  80. Leg-End says:

    Anytime Overbay does good they just have to mention the 3 days left in spring story, we know already!

    Go Zoilo!

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    most runs Santana has given up in a start this year now. YCPB.

  82. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two out rallies!!

  83. Anderson Silva says:

    look at the offense!!

  84. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf was Almonte doing….?

  85. WhittakerWalt says:

    Criminy, now they’re reflecting fondly on the Sidney Ponson Era.

  86. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Zoilo WTF,

  87. NeilT says:

    I for one will be glad to see the back of Lorenzo Cain. He’s been a mini-Ciriaco in the field this series. If you catch my drift. Since I’m following on Gameday I can’t comment on whether or not Almonte needed to be trying to advance to 3rd.

  88. stuart a says:

    i am in shock. 7 runs… cano and the 8 dwarfs holy moly.

    got to change the name now that jeter is back…

    see if andy can hold the lead……

  89. mick taylor says:

    overbay may finish the year with 25 hrs and 90 r.b.is while playing solid defense.he would have more r.b.is if the lineup was not so anemic. if he played on last years team for ex. and way better than nick swisher

    • forensic says:

      25 HRs and 90 RBIs?

      Yeah, good luck with that.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Hes on pace for 19hr 74rbi right now. So, it’d be hard for the ribbys, but he could have 21hr 80rbi by seasons end, which would be alot more bang for the yanks buck then what they are getting with mark texiera, thats for sure.

        • forensic says:

          BR has him on pace for 17 and 72. And that’s over a 162 game season, which he won’t reach. He’s already missed almost 10 games, so you take some more off that and he’s not getting anywhere near those 25 and 90 numbers.

          • forensic says:

            And that doesn’t even address how out of line his early season power numbers were from his career numbers.

    • NeilT says:

      I may finish the year a multi-millionaire.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Are you one of those anti-Swisher zealots?

      Because Lyle Overbay had a whopping 91 wRC+
      Swisher was 128 wRC+

      This year:
      Overbay is at 94 wRC+
      Swisher is at 116 wRC+

      Just trying to see where the “way better” is coming from.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      I’m not a big Swisher fan but he’s way better than Overbay,

      • Darren says:

        yeah, it’s not even close. I mean, I’m glad we have Overbay b/c if it wasn’t him I don’t know who it would be (Adams? Joseph?) but we would be a MUCH better team if we had Swisher at first. I’d have to say he would have been good for another 2 or 3 wins easy.

  90. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    The ridiculous 5 pitch walk to Vernon after the IBB to Cano was what killed Santana.

  91. FIPster Doofus says:

    Rusty Kuntz. Nice name.

  92. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Bring in Kelly now.

  93. FIPster Doofus says:

    What a catch.

  94. forensic says:

    Whew, two very nice catches helping save Pettitte here.

    And right after we were talking about the blah defense behind him…

  95. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy’s ass gets saved twice.

  96. WhittakerWalt says:

    Andy’s getting battered pretty hard here.

  97. SDB says:

    Two hits for Romine? Wow!

  98. forensic says:

    Someone might want to wake up Ned Yost and tell him that Santana has been getting hit all over the place the last couple of innings.

  99. dkidd says:


  100. Dalek Jeter says:

    Chris Perez is the worst good closer in baseball.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Phew, when I first saw this I thought the Indians blew it in the 9th inning again.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        Same here. Got him on my fantasy team.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Me too, and my pitching has been killing it this week then here comes Perez to push my WHIP to over .90 on the week.

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

            Can’t believe you people do head-to-head for fantasy baseball. Roto is the way to go.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              I don’t think I’ve ever done a Roto league, I’d probably be better off for it this season, but I feel like head-to-head is more competitive and keeps you more focused on it because you’re going against a specific person.

              • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                The main problems I have with head-to-head are that it’s so much more random and that it can really ruin things when teams that are out of it towards the end of the season don’t adjust their lineups and/or pick up free agents to remain competitive. Roto can be a long slog, but hey, so is baseball.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                If I talk about how we really only did roto leagues back in the day, before the internet, when we spent hours sitting around someone’s living room drafting by hand, would Pat say I was being an old codger?

            • SDB says:

              Roto’s fun, but I prefer H2H in my league where everyone’s ultra competitive, and even a roto would turn into a series of mini one on one contests.

  101. stuart a says:

    sean kelly a great Cashman pick up.

    You think he is a little better then Aardsma?

    where i all the Cashman hate on this move???

    Kelly is the 7th inning guy, bottom line…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I think he could certainly be that next year. Sure.

      Hey, I’ll admit it: I was angry the team chose him over Aardsma. I was flat-ass wrong.

  102. nycsportzfan says:

    It’d be sick if the yanks could sweep Minny @home while Sox get swept in Oakland. Also, Balt is playing Tor this weekend, so we could possibly gain some ground on those guys. Tampa has Hou of course.

  103. Winter says:

    So the guy threatening to overtake me in my roto league had Santana starting… free ERA points and the Yankees actually score runs. Today is a good day.

  104. nycsportzfan says:

    That Bobby Murcer going in between the monuments shot is so classic!

  105. HateMclouth says:

    I wish someone could have seen my face when gameday told me we scored 8 runs again. What is going on??? Z, Loverbay and Nuney!!! Nice way to welcome DJ back.

  106. WhittakerWalt says:

    There’s Nuney and his “terrific” bat again.

  107. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, Miggy hit his 30th HR. Thats nuts.

  108. Dan says:

    I wonder how many wins we’d have if Nunez was in the lineup all along. At least 2 more.

  109. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So what’s Mike’s header for this recap going to be?

    “Yankees stumble upon this ‘runs’ thing again, beat Royals.”

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Mike: *Curses R-Tils Catfishing Fingers while desperately trying to come up with a creative headline*

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        “Jeter returns with golden gift of how to score runs, Yanks salvage series versus Royals.”


    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      “Yankees accidentally cluster their singles together in the same inning, score actual runs”

  110. Winter says:

    So.. Austin Romine’s two hits today match his cumulative total for the last month.

  111. Ethan says:

    The stadium is really empty today. Given that Jeter is coming back that really surprises me. I guess afternoon weekday games aren’t great for attendance.

  112. Eddard says:

    The trend lately has been as Eduardo Nuney and Ivan Nova go so do the Yankees. Let’s hope it continues. Nuney and Jete are back. A-Rod and Grandy to follow. Minnesota is coming to town and all is right again.

  113. dkidd says:

    andy is winning ugly. really really ugly

    i’ll take it! 50 wins!

  114. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Now that was some nice Thursday baseball. The Captain is back. The team picks Andy up after a rough start. Yankees TIE their high home mark for runs set, um, yesterday, but who gives a shit.

    You can smile into the weekend.

    • SDB says:

      One of the better games to enjoy this year. So good to see the Captain back.

      Now if Seattle and Texas win today against the Red Sox and O’s, it’ll get even better.

  115. Darren says:

    Di dthey mention why Joe pinch hit for Jeter? Just b/c? Not a setback, right? RIGHT???

    • Darren says:

      Oh fuck me, ESPN says it’s tightness in his quad, with an MRI to follow. Says that Jeter says he feels good enough to play tomorrow. jesus H.

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