Archive for Derek Jeter
Sunday: Phelps has indeed been activated. He threw a two-inning simulated game on Thursday, so at least he had some kind of tune-up appearance under his belt. Derek Jeter was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Saturday: Via Dan Barbarisi: The Yankees will activate David Phelps off the 60-day DL prior to Saturday’s game to help their, uh, disheveled bullpen. Last week we heard Phelps had just started playing catch and was still a few days away from throwing in the bullpen. He’s been out with two forearm strains since early-July. There is pretty much zero chance Phelps is big league ready. Desperation is a stinky cologne.
Thanks to their back-to-back come from behind wins over the Orioles, the Yankees are right back in the thick of the wildcard hunt with 16 games to play. Yeah, just 16 games left. The end of the season is right around the corner. Here are some thoughts as we await the final of this four-game series against Baltimore:
1. The Yankees crept to within two games of the second wildcard spot in the loss column, and you know what the most ridiculous thing is? They haven’t evenly played all that well recently. They’ve lost four of their last seven games — the Red Sox just demolished them over the weekend, that was ugly — and trailed in all three wins. The Rays are letting New York and every other team right back into the race. Tampa has dropped five of their last six games and 13 of their last 17 to fall from tied atop the AL East to eight back in the loss column. Last night, in the biggest moment of their season (to date), Joe Maddon brought the pitcher former known as Fausto Carmona out of the bullpen. He promptly walked the bases loaded and surrendered a grand slam. You kinda deserve to collapse when you do that. The Yankees were going to need some help to climb out of the hole they dug themselves a few weeks ago, and the Rays have happily obliged. The Bombers just have to start playing a little better to finish this thing off.
2. Can you imagine where New York would be right now if they had gotten anything out of CC Sabathia this season? I was pretty optimistic about him coming into this year because he finished 2012 well (ALCS Game Four notwithstanding) and had his elbow cleaning up over the winter, but boy was I wrong. Think about it, Sabathia’s has been replacement level this year (0.2 bWAR). Replacement level! Nearly 200 innings (198, to be exact) of 4.82 ERA (4.15 FIP) ball. That’s hard to believe and tough to swallow. Obviously Sabathia isn’t the only reason the Yankees are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but there’s no doubt he has played a big role in the team’s general mediocrity this summer. I think we all knew CC would decline during the course of his contract, but I don’t think many expected to see him go from ace to fifth starter in one year. Yuck.
3. I’m convinced Derek Jeter will return next season. I don’t see him going out like this, not in a million years. He’ll pick up his $9.5M player option and work like hell this offseason to make sure there are no more physical issues next year. I’m sure of it. At the same time, I don’t see any way the Yankees can count on him in 2014. I think they need to go out and find a permanent shortstop solution this winter so they can treat Jeter as a full-time DH who can step in and play the field on occasion. If he can do more than that, great. I just wouldn’t expect it. I know he’s Derek frickin’ Jeter and a god around these parts, but we are talking about a 39-year-old shortstop who lost what amounts to a full season with a series of leg injuries. The Yankees should plan for the worst because guys like that usually don’t come back and be productive.
4. Hypothetical: what happens if, after the season, Andy Pettitte decides he wants to pitch again in 2014? He had that really ugly stretch after coming off the DL, but he has been vintage Andy of late. Not dominant, but steady and reliable. Pettitte is already the oldest starting pitcher in baseball at 41 and he’s shown that he’s not physically up to the rigors of a full season, meaning 30+ starts of 100+ pitches. The Yankees will need pitching next year and, despite that hiccup a few weeks ago, I think most people would welcome Andy back with open arms. What’s a reasonable cost though? He’ll earn $12M this year and I don’t see any way the team could give him a raise. If Pettitte wants to come back, I think my absolutely maximum would be $10M for the year. Preferably, I’d guarantee him like $6M with incentives that kick in around 20 starts or so. Let’s say a $6M base salary plus $500k for every start after number 20, giving him a chance to match this season’s $12M salary if he manages to make a full 32 starts. Reasonable? That would be a pain to work into the luxury tax-drive payroll, but I think it’s fair considering Andy’s expected production and marquee value to the franchise.
The Yankees have placed Derek Jeter on the 15-day DL with continued left ankle problems, the team announced. Brian Cashman confirmed the Cap’n is done for the season and won’t return even if the Yankees manage to qualify for the playoffs. Bummer.
“It’s very disappointing not to be able to play, especially this time of year. This is when I want to play the most,” said Jeter. “This entire year has been pretty much a nightmare for me physically, so it’s kinda fitting that it ends like this.”
“This was a much more difficult rehabilitation situation than we ever expected,” added Cashman. He acknowledged the DL move was made to protect both Jeter and the team from rushing things, and also said they weren’t planning to shut him down as recently as yesterday.
Jeter, 39, played just 17 games this year with a series of leg problems, including quad and calf issues. Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the ankle surgery last October, said Jeter needs to strengthen the area around the ankle and there simply isn’t enough time to do so at this point.
“I haven’t been able to work out my legs since October of last year,” said Jeter when asked about returning next season. “I truly believe that with a full offseason working out how I’m used to working out, I can return to doing what I normally do.”
The Yankees acquired Brendan Ryan from the Mariners last night to bolster their shortstop depth. He is not eligible for the playoff roster, however. If they manage to get that far, Eduardo Nunez will be the guy.
Via Bob Nightengale: Team president Randy Levine confirmed the Yankees have not received any indication from Derek Jeter that this will be his final season. “There’s been no indication of that, none. We haven’t heard anything like that,” said Levine. “It’s frustrating for him. It’s frustrating for all of us. He’s a warrior. But the overwhelming priority here is to do what’s best for his health … It has been a very trying year.”
Jeter, 39, has played in only 17 of 144 games this year because of a series of leg problems, most significantly the left ankle fracture he suffered last October. Soreness in the surgically repaired ankle has him on the sidelines right now. When he has been on the field, the Cap’n hasn’t done much at the plate (47 wRC+) and his mobility at shortstop is nonexistent. I would be completely stunned if Jeter retired after this season. Floored. I have a hard time seeing how he’d allow himself to go out like this. Jeter will pick up his $9.5M player option and try to prove everyone wrong. After next year … who knows.
Derek Jeter is day-to-day with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. He was removed from yesterday’s game because Joe Girardi didn’t like the way he was running. The Cap’n will be re-evaluated in a few days, but as of right now, there are no plans to shut him down for the season. Eduardo Nunez is the only other player on the roster who can play shortstop unless they add Alberto Gonzalez to the 40-man or something.
5:47pm: The CT scan came back clean, but the results will be sent to Dr. Anderson in North Carolina for further review. He performed Jeter’s surgery in October.
5:04pm: Jeter is being sent for a precautionary CT scan, Brian Cashman confirmed. “He’s been through a lot this year … We’re just going to take a look under the hood,” said the GM.
4:43pm: Joe Girardi said he removed Jeter from the game because he “didn’t like the way he was running … there’s some concern on my part.” It’s unclear if Jeter will go for an MRI or be available tomorrow.
4:29pm: Via Ken Rosenthal: Derek Jeter left this afternoon’s game due to an issue with or near his surgically repaired left ankle. Replays showed the Cap’n stumble a bit fielding a ball in the hole in the sixth. He stayed in the game to finish the inning defensively and bat in the following inning before being lifted for a pinch-runner. No word on the nature or seriousness of the injury, so stay tuned.
As expected, the Yankees have officially activated Derek Jeter and his strained calf off the 15-day DL. He is in tonight’s lineup, batting second and playing shortstop. Preston Claiborne was sent to Triple-A Scranton to clear a roster spot. Their season ends one week from today, so Claiborne will be eligible to return to the club next Tuesday, before the ten-day period expires.
I’m out of town this weekend and am doing everything possible to avoid baseball, Yankees or otherwise. So I didn’t see any of Saturday night’s game and I’m glad I didn’t. Two runs wasn’t going to be enough against the high-powered Rays, but, yet again, CC Sabathia was a letdown and unable to preserve the lead. It would help if Joe Girardi stopped treating him like a true ace and had a quicker leash, but what can you do. The Rays have done a real nice job of humbling the Yankees these last two games after their five-game winning streak.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Athletics beat the Orioles, so the Yankees are five games back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. Cool Standings gives them an 8.3% chance to make that postseason. They can’t really afford to lose games like this anymore; there are only 33 games left in the season. Ivan Nova will look to salvage the series on Sunday afternoon against certified Yankees killer Alex Cobb.
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Derek Jeter Update: As planned, Derek Jeter played another seven innings at shortstop for Triple-A Scranton on Saturday. He went 1-for-3 with a single to left, a ground out to short, and a ground out to second. The Cap’n made a throwing error on the only ball that came his way defensively. Jeter will take Sunday off and rejoin the Yankees on Monday for their series opener in Toronto.
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Minor League Update: The day’s box scores are right here. C Gary Sanchez homered, RHP Rafael DePaula walked seven (!) in 4.1 innings, and LHP Ian Clarkin allowed a homer in his second career outing. Not a whole lot happened otherwise.
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.
In his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton, Derek Jeter went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He grounded into a 6-3 double play and what would have been a 6-4-3 double play had the first baseman not whiffed on the relay throw in the other two at-bats. Jeter played seven innings at shortstop, fielding five ground balls and one line drive. One of the ground balls went for an infield single.
Joe Girardi told Andy McCullough that Jeter will play with the RailRiders again on Saturday night, though it’s unclear if he’ll play shortstop or DH. Hard not to think that if that goes well, the Cap’n will get Sunday off and rejoin the team for their series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Nothing official yet.