Martin: Jeter to begin baseball activities on Monday

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Via Dan Martin: Derek Jeter is expected to begin baseball activities at the Yankees’ minor league complex on Monday as he works his way back from numerous leg injuries. “I’ve been working hard. I started working out in the beginning of November. I’m anxious to get back out there,” said the Cap’n, who added he is “still focused on this year” and not looking ahead to 2015 and beyond.

Jeter, 39, was limited to only 17 games last season due to those leg injuries, including the fractured ankle he suffered in the 2012 ALCS. He did not start baseball activities until early-March following offseason surgery on the ankle, so he is well ahead of last year’s schedule. Given his age and all the missed time, the Yankees will probably take it easy on Jeter in camp, at least early on. He is probably their second best infielder right now, and they need to take care of him and not push it too hard too soon.

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Yanks keeping expectations low, but they absolutely need Tanaka
Sorting out the projected Triple-A Scranton roster
  • I’m One

    Hope he’s doing a lot of agility work to retain as much of his lateral movement as possible.

  • Darren

    Awesome news. Would be amazing to have the comeback player of the year two years in a row.

    700 PAs; .303 BA; 200 hits; 100 runs and another ring.

    Sound good? Great!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’ll co-sign for that, especially with your money.

      • Darren

        I’ll put $20 on it.

  • lou

    Good Luck Derek!

  • GeorgieBoy

    Every time I see something like “he is probably their second best infielder” I immediately think, “right, Robinson Cano, obviously.” And then I remember, and then I get sad.

    • lightSABR

      I keep realizing that when I go through their roster construction in my head and keep having to remind myself to be worried about second base.

  • Danny

    Crazy how quickly the infield has gone from a strength to such a weakness, the A-Rod-Jeter-Cano-Tex tandem was easily the best in the game at one point.

    • Laz

      Back when the Phillies had an absolutely dominant rotation

    • OldYanksFan

      2009:
      Teix:: .292 .383 .565 .948, 39 HR, 5.3 War
      Cano: .320 .352 .520 .871, 25 HR, 4.5 War
      Jeter: .334 .406 .465 .871, 18 HR, 6.6 War
      ARod: .286 .402 .532 .933, 30 HR, 4.2 War

      Has to be one of the best in history.

      • TWTR

        Jeter is as good an offensive SS as most of us will ever see.

      • The Great Gonzo

        The infield for the 1927 Yankees, for no other reason other than I don’t feel like working:

        1B Lou Gehrig .373 .474 .765 1.240, 47 HR, 11.8 WAR
        2B Tony Lazzeri .309 .383 .482 .866, 18 HR, 6.3 WAR
        SS Mark Koenig .285 .320 .382 .702, 3 HR, 2.2 WAR
        3B Joe Dugan .269 .321 .362 .683, 2 HR, 0.6 WAR

      • Yankee Fan 1

        Man I miss 2009. RIP Infield of Dreams :sigh:

        • lightSABR

          And Mo closing out his last World Series.

          Y’all are making me all teary-eyed.

      • lightSABR

        By fWAR, it looks like the 1934 Tigers have us beat, 22.8 to 20.6:

        1B Hank Greenberg: 151 wRC+, 6.5 fWAR
        2B Charlie Gehringer: 149 wRC+, 8.5 fWAR
        SS Billy Rogell: 101 wRC+, 4.7 fWAR
        3B Marv Owen: 116 wRC+, 3.1 fWAR

        But it’s a bit different – that was Owen’s only good season, and Rogell only had three years of 3 or more fWAR. It’s pretty amazing that we had four real stars in the infield at the same time, three with Hall of Fame numbers.

    • Kiko Jones

      Yes, it was. And 2012 was the last time all 4 played at the same time. Damn…

  • trr

    We need every ounce of whatever he can give us this year.
    Hoping for the best….

  • hogsmog

    Even if he has his worst season to date, if Jeter can stay on the field he will still represent a massive upgrade over Ryan.

    Get healthy.

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    99% of the time I’m very skeptical of the “He makes the team better” argument in baseball.

    I’m blinded by Jeter adoration though; I actually believe the narrative when it comes to him.

    • Darren

      I think even Mike admitted that the team was just different without Jeter. Although to be honest, you hear a lot more from teammates about Mattingly’s leadership qualities than Jeter’s.

  • Yankenstein

    What are the chances of Derek moving over to thrid on his own accord?

    • LarryM Fl

      I do not know the chances of Jeter moving over at this time in the off season. It could change drastically if his lateral movement turns to stone. He will recognize and hopefully make the decision for the benefit of the team.

      We know that his range is gone. We know that he catches everything his mitt touches. We know that he should hit probably in the .275/.285 range with decent on base% and not much power. It all depends who the Yanks can get to cover third with more power. There is no one on the roster at this moment who can do this. So the infield will stay a bit of a problem until the end of ST then the Yanks will have a better idea. I at least hope so.

      • Yankenstein

        He has the arm for third and if he came to terms with it he would have all of ST to get use to it. I think he would be an excellent 3rd baseman. I can dream.