Well, Derek Jeter had finally did it! The captain of the New York Yankees was the first Yankee and 28th player overall to reach the 3,000th hit club. On a day that was filled with anticipation and people looking for tickets, it was a day that Derek Jeter hoped would be the day he hit 3,000. As he walked to the press room before the game, every writer wanted to know about his 3,000 hit. How did Derek Jeter respond. Looking uncomfortable and sick of the attention of 3,000 and even muttered, “Here we go.”
Well Derek Jeter doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. On a hot Saturday afternoon at the stadium, Derek Jeter had a historical day, capping a 5 for 5 day with an RBI and a stolen base. How did hit 3,000 happen you ask? In the third inning, it was Derek Jeter and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Price threw a 3-2 pitch which was clocked into the seats for the 3,000th hit. The Yankees players all looked with anticipation as Jeter rounded the bases, and were all waiting for him when he reached home plate. Jeter gave each one a hug and gave the crowd a curtain call as he headed back to the dugout. The young man that had caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, 23 year old Christian Lopez handed the ball over to Yankees officials and didn’t want a single dime from the ball. That didn’t stop the Yankees from giving Lopez incentives for his nice gesture. Lopez was rewarded with four ticket suites for every remaining game of the season as well as legend seats for tomorrow’s series finale against the Rays. He also got merchandise and has the opportunity to meet Derek Jeter.
To cap off the perfect day for Jeter, the Yankees beat the Rays in a 5-4 game and now have the opportunity to take the series from the Rays in tomorrow’s matchup.
Congratulations Derek Jeter! You made history and are definitely the icon of baseball in our eyes.
Derek Jeter threw again for a third straight day in Tampa, but felt soreness in his strained right calf, which made Brian Cashman come to the conclusion that a June 29 return for Jeter seriously doubtful. Ever since Jeter hurt his calf on June 13 he has not been cleared by team doctors to do anything other than throw and he will not be cleared until his calf heals.
“He can’t do anything with his legs.” Cashman stated in a press conference. When asked if he was being pessimistic about Jeter returning in time Cashman stated, “I can’t say that I’m pessimistic but he’s not ready yet. By the time frame we made the right decision by putting him on the DL .”
The Yankees have not ruled out a rehab assignment for Jeter which could delay Jeter’s return and his quest to 3,000 hits but Cashman will stay open to the idea if Jeter is ready to come back without an assignment. Brian Cashman was also asked about Jose Reyes and if he would go to the Yankees after his contract is up. Cashman denied wanting anything to do with Reyes since he already has Jeter.
“That’s just not going to happen. We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter. And I think we have an everyday shortstop that could play for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don’t have a need now or in the future for a shortstop.”
In order for the Yankees to bring Jose Reyes to the Bronx, they would have to convince Jeter to move to another position such as left field something Cashman does not want to do. While the Yankees are doing fine without him so far, they will be more than ecstatic to get him back when he’s 100% healthy, it just doesn’t look like June 29 will be Jeter’s lucky day though.
If you had read my previous posts, I had been discussing how Brett Gardner should bat lead-off for the Yankees. Well for the next 2 weeks or so, Gardner will get his wish with Jeter hitting the DL. First let’s discuss Jeter and the decision to go to the DL.
Jeter had a press conference yesterday at around 4pm, trying to talk his way out of going to the DL, like does when he’s not starting a game or convincing Girardi to let him stay in when he gets hit by pitch or whatnot. Derek Jeter said early yesterday afternoon that where he had the Grade 1 strain, it felt more as if he was hit by a pitch than anything else. As reporters fired away questions, Jeter was solemn and had a hint of disappointment in his voice.
“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t go on the DL. Soreness is not a problem, I just wouldn’t want to make it worse.” Jeter stated. He also said that he hated missing time, whether he has 100 hits or 3000 hits. When asked by Joe Girardi after the press conference if the 3,000 hits factored at all in the decision to send Jeter to the DL, Girardi said it had no factor whatsoever.
“We know he’s going to get it anyway, so it wouldn’t be a factor at all.” When the Yankees team doctor showed up tot he Clubhouse at around 5:30pm, the Yankees had made there decision. The Captain of the New York Yankees was going to take his fifth stint to the DL since 2003, after he dislocated his shoulder and missed 59 days of the season.
With Jeter gone, Girardi made Brett Gardner the lead-off hitter in last nights win, put Eduardo Nunez at SS and called up Ramiro Pena from AAA. Gardner did not disappoint Girardi with his performance. He was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base and as of yesterday was batting .282 with a .367 OBP. Not bad for a player who was struggling in the first few weeks of the season. Girardi had not released his full plan on what to do against lefties though, thinking of Curtis Granderson to lead off against lefties and Gardner either batting 9th or being replaced by Andruw Jones, but it would not surprise me to see Gardner lead off tonight’s game as well after showing a spectacular performance yesterday.
Derek Jeter is slated to come back on June 29, during the home series against the Milwaukee Brewers, but don’t be surprised if Jeter gets his 3,000th hit at Citi Field when the Yankees take on the Mets the first week of July. Until then, all Jeter can do is sit and wait and let his calf get better, and let Brett Gardner take his lead-off job for 2 weeks. Seems fair, right?
Derek Jeter never likes to leave a game. When he’s not in the lineup, he likes to talk his way into starting, but this was something that Jeter just couldn’t talk himself out of. Jeter was taken out of the game in the fifth inning of yesterdays Yankees loss which lead a lot of fans to wonder what happened and what went wrong. Even Joe Girardi was concerned about what was wrong with Jeter. Jeter had left the game 6 hits shy of 3,000 and it doesn’t seem that Jeter is going to be able to get those 3,000 hits on this home stand.
Jeter was sent to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI which revealed a Grade 1 strain. The Yankees announced that they will determine what to do with Jeter later today. But before Joe Girardi even knew the results of Jeter’s MRI, he was certain Jeter wouldn’t play against the Rangers.
“To see him come out of a game, he usually doesn’t come out of a game.” Girardi spoke solemnly. “So my feeling is that he wouldn’t be in there.” Jeter limped off of the field after flying out and fans worried when Eduardo Nunez came to replace Jeter in the 6th inning. Derek Jeter had not made a trip to the DL since 2003 when he dislocated his shoulder on Opening Day. Jeter missed 36 games.
Reporters asked teammate Mark Teixeira what they thought and Mark was just as stunned as the rest of the team, thinking something might have been really wrong.
“You hate to see it, especially Derek.” Teixeira said. “He’s not really going to come out of a game unless it’s something serious. We knew it wasn’t something really minor because he pretty much plays through everything.”
Alex Rodriguez had a grade 1 calf strain in 2007 and was placed on the 15 day DL for precaution. If Jeter joins the Bartolo Colon, Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, Eric Chavez, Pedro Feliciano and Rafael Soriano then the Yankees will have take extra precautions to make sure all of there players are healthy and won’t injure themselves.
A.J. Burnett (6-4) vs. Carrasco (5-3)
Enjoy the game.
Martin C (scratched with lower back stiffness)
During radio broadcasts John Sterling says that the bottom of the lineup isn’t producing as they should have. Swisher was in a funk, Posada was struggling mightily and Russell Martin’s numbers started to go south, but there was one guy in the bottom of the lineup that had always kept his numbers rising even after an atrocious start in April, and that man is Brett Gardner.
Brett had his chance to be the lead-off guy in April but after 2 weeks he was sent back to the bottom of the order where he had broke out in his red-hot hitting. Yesterday showed a prime example on what Gardner can do when he leads off an inning. Gardner doubled twice, tripled once, scored three runs and started off 2 Yankees rally’s for them to take Game 3 from the Indians 9-1. I think that once Derek Jeter reaches the 3,000 hits then it would be a nice time to start experimenting with the lineups once again. Looking at Brett’s numbers, it seems that he had definitely broke out of his hitting slump and just started becoming red-hot.
April: .194 AVG, .280 OBP, 20 K’s, .403 SLG
May: .301 AVG, .379 OBP, 13 K’s, .373 SLG
June (so far): .414 AVG, .469 OBP, 2 K’s, .655 SLG
Now these numbers show that in April, Gardner was swinging at everything on the plate, not taking the walks that he should nor showing discipline, but Gardner took a day off during April to work with Kevin Long on his hitting and they both discovered he wasn’t using his lower back while swinging. Gardner also decided to keep both hands on the bat when batting even though he occasionally lets go with one hand (and in rare cases both hands). After Gardner’s small tutorial with Kevin Long he had became a dead on red hot hitter, even having a higher batting average than some of his other teammates who started off hot (Swisher, Jeter, Posada, Martin, Teixeira) and was the only Yankee to bat over .300 in the month of May.
Now, let’s take a look at Derek Jeter’s numbers from the lead off spot for the months of April, May and June shall we?
April: .256 AVG, .313 OBP, 9 K’s, .278 SLG
May: .274 AVG, .338 OBP, 18 K’s, .371 SLG
June (so far): .233 AVG, .313 OBP, 4 K’s, .302 SLG
Jeter’s numbers are slightly lower than Gardner’s but the number of strikeouts increased in May where Jeter had 18 while Gardner only had 13. Jeter had a .338 OBP while Gardner’s was .379 and Jeter was batting 27 points lower than Gardner in the month of May. This backs up my claim where I think that Gardner should be the lead off hitter, but the Yankees would want to hold off on that until Jeter gets his 3,000 hits which could either be during the final four games of this home stand series or while the Yankees are in Chicago for inter-league play.
- Jeter SS
- Granderson CF
- Teixeira 1B
- Rodriguez DH
- Cano 2B
- Swisher RF
- Gardner LF
- Nunez 3B
- Cervelli C
- Russell Martin is unavailable today after his back locked up at the end of yesterdays game. Girardi says Andruw Jones and Chris Dickerson are the only bench players available
- Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15 day DL for a strained flexor muscle. He had been dealing with discomfort for quite sometime but he didn’t regret the 35 pitch inning he had against Anaheim.
- Hector Noesi was sent down earlier today after pitching six innings last night and giving up only 2 runs. Jeff Marquez (who the Yankees traded to get Nick Swisher) will take Noesi’s place after the White Sox DFA’d Marquez and sent him back to the Yankees.
- Jorge Posada is unavailable tonight after his son had surgery early this morning. Brian Cashman expects Posada to be back tomorrow if all is well.
Red Sox Lineup:
- Ellsbury CF
- Pedroia 2B
- Gonzalez 1B
- Youkillis 3B
- Ortiz DH
- Crawford LF
- Scutaro SS
- Drew RF
- Varitek C
Red Sox Bulletin
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not availabe tonight after being rushed to the hospital on flu-like symptoms. Jason Varitek gets the start tonight as catcher
- Bobby Jenks is unavailable tonight after complaining about his back in last nights game. MRI results were not revealed but hope that Jenks just had a spasm. No moves will be made until they are aware.
|Jeter DH||Ellsbury CF|
|Granderson CF||Pedroia 2B|
|Teixeira 1B||Gonzalez 1B|
|Rodriguez 3B||Youkilis 3B|
|Cano 2B||Ortiz DH|
|Martin C||Crawford LF|
|Swisher RF||Saltalamacchia C|
|Jones LF||Drew RF|
|Nunez SS||Scutaro SS|
Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) vs. Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94)
Enjoy the game.