Jeter confirms he will rejoin Yankees on Monday

Rays crush Kuroda as winning streak comes to an end
Update: X-rays comes back negative on Gardner's hand

Via Donnie Collins: Derek Jeter confirmed he will rejoin the Yankees on Monday for their series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto. “I’m not concerned about running,” said the Cap’n regarding his strained calf (via Chad Jennings). “Not at all. Everything felt good … For me, it’s just playing in games. For them it’s probably check to make sure I’m alright. But I get it.”

Jeter, 39, is scheduled to play shortstop for the third straight day with Triple-A Scranton tonight before resting tomorrow and meeting the club on Monday. He has actually played more minor league rehab games (six) than big league games (five) this year, but the Yankees aren’t taking an overly conservative approach as Jeter returns from his third leg injury. Another three rehab games, that’s it. The team is playing without a backup infielder at the moment following Jayson Nix‘s injury, which perhaps upped the urgency to get Jeter back. Either way, the Bombers need their captain to get back on the field and stay there for the final five weeks of the season. It’s imperative.

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Rays crush Kuroda as winning streak comes to an end
Update: X-rays comes back negative on Gardner's hand
  • trr

    The final piece of the puzzle?
    Yes or No?

    • JGYank

      Depends how the rotation holds up.

  • Mister D

    I swear I have seen this post before…

  • Eddard

    It ain’t gonna matter if CC loses tonight. It’s a must win if they want to stay in it. They must win the next two and it’s all on CC.

  • Sam

    Lineup:
    CF GARDNER
    SS JETER
    2B CANO
    LF SORIANO
    3B AROD
    DH GRANDERSON
    RF ICHIRO/WELLS
    1B OVERBAY/REYNOLDS
    C ROMINE/STEWART

  • LarryM Fl

    Unfortunately last night Kuroda did not have his best but Archer was good with a few pivotal defensive catches by his OFs which led to the loss. The Yanks can not loss any series from now to season’s end. It may sound to restrictive but not all three teams will cave. So its imperative especially against division foes. While Cleveland beats up on the toughies such as Houston and Chicago.

    For maybe the first time in many years Tampa can hit. They turn Kuroda’s pitches into bleacher souvenirs. A couple of wall scrapers but they all count.

  • ropeadope

    Either way, the Bombers need their captain to get back on the field and stay there for the final five weeks of the season.

    Plus the 4 1/2 weeks of the post-season.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Is it really the best idea to bring Jeter back on the Toronto turf?

    • Betty Lizard

      Right now, I’d play him on burning coals or shards of glass.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        Instead of waiting 3 days and avoiding that awful (but not as bad as Tampa’s) turf?

        Nunez has been somewhat hot lately.

        • Laz

          True, but that doesn’t mean they can’t sit Ichiro more and have Jeter DH some more. Ich has been hitting .239/.265/.265 for a grand total of .530 ops since the asg. Trot out Soriano/Gardner/Granderson Ichiro can still be run out there as a spot starter/ late inning defensive replacement.

      • LarryM Fl

        Good answer! I guess you had enough of his understudy Senor Eduardo Scissorhands.

        • Betty Lizard

          Exactly!
          Plus, “veteran presents”
          Plus I can’t assume we will have Derek Jeter playing for a whole lot longer.
          We need him now, not “then.”

    • Laz

      Yankees only 6 games out and they need to make the move. Pretty much is a bit over a month left to the season. Push him, if it was still june I would be cautious, but he only needs to stay healthy at least another month, if they out of it they tried their best.

      Yankees schedule is pretty good from here on out.
      7 games vs balt
      5 games vs tb
      6 vs toronto
      3 cws
      7 vs Bos
      and 3 vs sf/hou

      They don’t have to face Dodgers/Detroit/Oakland/Texas/Cleveland from here on out. They face 4 bad teams : cws/sf/hou/tor and then the rest of their games are vs divisional playoff rivals. If they can get hot now playoffs are very easily in reach.

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        I def agree…it’s just with the turf and Jeet’s recent history with the calf/quad that turf can be rough on the body. After that Mon-Wed series vs Toronto, they don’t go to Tor or TB the rest of the way…thus avoiding turf.

        Side note: kinda sucks that the yanks play in a division that has the only 2 teams with turf left.

        • LarryM Fl

          DH Jeter and run Arod into the ground. He won’t be worth anything if we make the playoffs.

  • JU

    Is it really “imperative”? Are you sure you don’t have expectations for Jeter that may be a little unrealistic, Mike?

    • Crime Dog

      i think the whole having no backup infielder and no viable backup infielders on the 40 man that are healthy makes it imperative

  • dkidd

    sure, rush him back. what could go wrong?

    /only half joking

    • vicki

      yep. and his going down again may sound the death knell for the season.

      but we’re down to a few big blinds; time to push all-in.

      into the wolf’s mouth: die wolf.

      all the metaphors you can eat!

  • Adam

    Love how you won’t hear a peep out of Cashman telling Jeter to shut the fuck up for saying he’s ready to come back and will be back on Monday.

    • JGYank

      Well he isn’t going to consult other doctors and he is just following the schedule they gave him.

      • forensic

        Neither of those things are what Cashman spouted off about on A-Rod. He was pissed because A-Rod ‘announced’ something that the Yankees didn’t want announced yet, which is exactly what Jeter has done here.

  • Laz

    Side note:
    Why can’t we play baseball at 1pm anymore on a saturday????

    • Kramerica Industries

      I think only the Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays, and Nationals play 1:00 pm home games on Saturdays, and that when FOX doesn’t hijack those games (as in, this is why you never see 1:00 Saturday games against the Red Sox anymore).

      I’ve always enjoyed a solid Saturday early matinee. But the Yankees don’t get to play those as much as they used to, it seems.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I should say Eastern time starts, but then again, with FOX usually taking the 4:00 ET time slot, it’s not like west coast teams get to play at 1:00 by their own choosing. To be fair, the Cubs usually play 1:20 local time at Wrigley. Anyone else, I have trouble thinking of.

  • memes n themes

    The yanks don’t need Jeter to rush back. They need jeter to be healthy. This on again off again crap is too disruptive to the team. Plus Nunez has been hitting well.

    if only there was a way to have nunie and jete and Alex in the lineup everyday. Plus more Romine. Play the top 3 outfielders and have alex and jete alternate dh.

    • Laz

      Ichiros ops .530 since asg.

  • forensic

    So, I wonder who replaces him when he goes on the DL on Thursday. Will they dig up another utility IFer or will they just go with another reliever until the 1st.

  • EndlessJose

    Why even write another post.Could have used the last two posts when he was rushed up here.

  • RetroRob

    Activated Monday.

    Swollen calf Tuesday morning.

    Rest Tuesday-Thursday.

    DL Friday.